"There are certain inevitable aspects of online life that are guaranteed to stress an individual out, to cause an elevated heart rate and tiny beads of sweat to appear above the upper lip. For me, they are: any post with more than two hashtags, the sight of someone else’s phone teeming with bright red, unread texts and emails, and primarily, happy photos of celebrity couples. If one half of that celebrity couple is Taylor Swift, multiply the cringe factor by about four.
Taylor Swift has survived, in different ways, Kanye West and John Mayer; she is made of very strong stuff. She doesn’t care about anyone’s judgment of her life choices or of her eagerness to share said life choices with millions of followers. She’ll be fine. But when I see those well-curated and disseminated photos of Tom Hiddleston on Instagram and elsewhere, merrily partying on Taylor Swift’s water slide, I just wonder how much more awkward they’ll seem in a few months — or whether they’ll even still exist at all."