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21st Century Relationships: Facebook

Facebook, one of the many social media websites out there that lets you share every single detail of your life.  You can share practically everything from what you’re doing to pictures to your relationship status.  But, in today’s culture; everyone cares about who you’re dating or if you’re single or what ever your relationship status you currently have.

Facebook’s Relationship Status

With Facebook’s Relationship Status, it’s the only social sight that everone uses where it is easy to tell others that your dating them with your profile page.  All you have to do is determine-after basically determining your relationship type.

Easy enough, right?

Guess again!

There are 11 different statuses to choose from.  They are:

  • Single
  • It’s Complicated
  • In a Relationship
  • Engaged
  • Married
  • Widowed
  • In an open relationship
  • Separated
  • Divorced
  • In a Civil Union
  • In a Domestic Partnership

Easy enough, right?  After all, love isn’t that complicated-with the exception of the ‘It’s Complicated’ status-it’s easy to figure out what kind of relationship you have.

After all, both ladies and gentleman both agree that it’s a good think to put that on their Facebook account…right?  Well, in the December 2010/January 2011 issue of Seventeen had a quote on page 118 that stated:

My girlfriend kept pestering me to change my status because she didn’t want other girls to ‘swoop in.’  I changed it, but I couldn’t drop the feeling that she didn’t trust me, which let to our split.  I was into her; I’m just not that into annoucing it on Facebook!


Another quote on the same page states:

My girlfriend wanted to change our status to ‘in a relationship,’ but I said no.  Our close friends know we’re dating, so why do I need to tell hundreds of random friends?  I don’t like the world knowing details of my personal life, or about it if we break up.


Seventeen suggests that you ask your guy-and the same could be true for any relationship really-is to ask the person you’re in a relationship with how they really feel before sending the request (this also according to page 118 of the December 2010/January 2011 issue of Seventeen).  This is really true, because of the fact that some people are more private about their personal relationships.

Also, I have a friend who got engaged this last August and she didn’t want people to find out that this happend without her telling them first-or at least the people who she really wanted to tell.

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