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Q. My girlfriend refuses to download WhatsApp, despite my asking her to. I tell her it will help us share more photographs and chat more easily, but she refuses to listen. This makes me very angry.
A. The two of you can text message, chat or share photographs via email, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Twitter and Snapchat, among a few hundred options currently available online or via a smartphone. Or, you can do all of the above the old-fashioned way, sitting across each other at a coffee shop. This is a non-issue. If she doesn’t want to download it, try and live with it. A few billion people managed without it just fine before you were born.
Q. I am 23 and have been in a relationship with a guy who is 29 for almost a year now. It used to be great for the first couple of months, but he has been behaving in a pretty aggressive manner lately. He doesn’t like it when I hang out with my friends and is overprotective in public. He also gets upset if he doesn’t know where I am during the day. I feel smothered. Should I end this?
A. There’s no point beating around the bush here: Your boyfriend is clearly an ass. He is exhibiting signs of insecurity and lack of trust which, as anyone who has ever been in a relationship since the beginning of time will tell you, don’t augur well for your future with him. I’m assuming you have tried to get this into his thick head over the past year and failed. Try one last time, and explain to him why your personal space is sacred, why hanging out with your friends is important to you, and why he doesn’t need to know where you are every minute if the day. If he still doesn’t get it, you might as well end it. It’s better to be single than to be in a relationship with a moron.
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