On the heels of his big engagement news, Counting On fans are wondering why Josiah Duggar has been allowed to break one of the biggest Duggar family rules for years.
There are a lot of strict rules to follow when you are a child in the Duggar family, and one of the restrictions is all about social media usage. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar forbid their children to be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other platform until they are engaged, and every one of the 19 Duggar kids has appeared to follow this rule except for one: the newly-engaged Josiah. So why did he have an Instagram account before he popped the question to Lauren Swanson?
The 21-year-old has been on social media – with accounts on Instagram and Twitter – for years, while his older siblings Jana and John David are still single and offline.
Along with private phone calls and hand-holding, social media accounts are off limits, but Josiah started his back in 2015 when he began courting Marjorie Jackson. But even though that relationship didn't last, Josiah's social media activity continued. So, it seems there might be some wiggle room when it comes to the family's online rules.
For everyone else in the family, the first courtship led to an engagement and marriage, but Josiah has been the exception. He is the only Duggar to have courted twice before finding the right partner.
He and Swanson announced their engagement earlier this month, but before that was official, he posted a pic of a FaceTime session that looked to be unchaperoned. So maybe he is choosing to bend the rules a bit.