Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s Approach To Instagram Is Different Than Past Bachelor Stars

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The Bachelor has only been back for a couple of weeks, but it’s already clear that Arie Luyendyk Jr. is planning on doing things differently than the men who have come before him. In a new interview, Arie revealed he’s got a different approach to his one-on-one dates than other Bachelor stars may have had previously.

While talking to Us Weekly at Tuesday’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Arie called social media “not something I really spend much time on,” but it sounds like even if he were constantly updating his accounts, he still wouldn’t be talking about his one-on-one dates online.

“For me, going through the season, I probably won’t post a lot of one-on-one dates,” he said. “I want to keep it sort of neutral. I think it’s probably the safest way to take it.”

So far, Arie’s held true to his word. On Monday night’s episode, the first two one-on-one dates of the season happened — one with Krystal and one with Becca — and the former racing star hasn’t posted about either one, on Instagram or Twitter. In fact, he hasn’t shared a photo including any of the women on his season, so it seems like this is something he plans to stick to.

Nick Viall, the most recent Bachelor, often took to Instagram to post fun behind-the-scenes shots of his dates with the women. Below is a photo from a date with Raven Gates, who was the runner-up to Vanessa Grimaldi during his season. It is pretty interesting to think that when he posted the shot, he was already engaged to Vanessa!

Just a couple of kids trying not to freeze to death #thebachelor

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This aversion to posting about one-on-ones doesn’t mean Arie’s staying out of the loop entirely. He also added that he’s keeping up with all the reactions to the episodes as they air — and loving it. He said:

It’s really fun to see everyone’s reaction to it on Twitter and see how they are accepting the show and to see kind of the funny memes and all the things that people, all the comments, good, bad and funny. I like them all. They’re great … because I was that same person on Twitter, you know, poking fun at the last couple of seasons. The show, in the beginning, it’s really about fun and being able to make fun of it all. In the end, it’s really about finding that person and being in love. And I feel like this is kind of the moment where it is easy to poke fun of the dates and what’s going on in the house. So I’m enjoying the social media side of things!

Not seeing Arie post about his dates will be radically different from the way former Bachelor stars have behaved while their seasons were airing. The two most recent Bachelors, Nick and Ben Higgins, did exactly the opposite, sharing plenty of updates involving individual ladies and occasionally even posting photos with goodbye messages when they were sent home during rose ceremonies. It’s also important to note that neither of them are still with their final pick, so Arie might be onto something here.

Bachelor Nation doesn't know how it all goes down yet, but as you'll surely see saying goodbye to Rachel was one of the most heartbreaking moments of my life. I have met very few people who possess as much beauty, grace, and charisma as Rachel and after hearing that she'll be the next Bachelorette I couldn't be more excited. Bachelor Nation is so lucky to have her but not as lucky as the group of men who will have a chance at winning her heart. No one is better prepared to show Bachelor Nation, and the world, the beauty of embracing diversity. Good luck Rachel, not that you'll be needing it. I'm so proud and happy for you, I'm honored to be able to call you a friend. I can't wait to watch your journey!! #thebachelor #thebachelorette

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Of course, Rachel had already been announced as the lead of the next season of The Bachelorette, so clearly she wasn’t still too torn up about the split. With Arie, we won’t get to hear quite as many of his personal thoughts on the dates as we might have with a different guy as the star, but there’s a benefit to his approach, too: there’s way less of a chance the season will get spoiled, and way less of a chance he’ll accidentally offend the woman who hopefully does become his fiance at the end of this thing with a post talking about how much fun he had with one of the other ladies. Maybe the trade-off is worth it?