In a Relationship? It’s Complicated? What’s the big deal about announcing one’s relationship status on Facebook or other social networking site?
Relationships are an important part of our lives, and as of late, so are social networking sites.
It’s only natural to combine the things that are important to us and share them with the world.
Posting one’s relationship status for the entire world to see may seem odd to some, but for majority of those who frequent Facebook and other social networking sites, it’s considered a necessity. [Read – Facebook Addiction Disorder – Signs and How To Deal With It]
Social networking sites have privacy settings that allow users to control what their friends or the general public can or cannot see on their profile. This also includes choosing whether to share your relationship status or removing it from your profile completely.
Given the choice to keep their relationship status to themselves, a lot of people still choose to tell the world whether they are single, in any form of relationship, or don’t know exactly where they stand with their partners.
Posting one’s relationship status online for everyone to see doesn’t stop at just that. Most of the time, it invites a lot of inquiries and comments from other users.
There are even times when a change in relationship status creates drama between the people in a relationship and those in their circle of friends.
If advertising whether you’re single, in a relationship, married, divorced, or whatever your status is may cause problems, why do people still want to make their relationship status public?
Making it Official
Those who refuse to make their relationship status public claim privacy to be their main motivation. They consider relationships very personal and don’t want the whole world to know who they’re dating at the moment.
Some only publicize their status when they are involved, and keep it blank when they are single. Those who do publicize the status of their relationships do it for a variety of reasons.
Here are some of them:
Reason #1 –
It’s not official unless it’s posted on Facebook. Since this social networking site is the go-to place to find out what’s going on in a person’s life, a new term has been coined to define a person’s relationship status.
A relationship becomes “Facebook Official” once one or both parties change their relationship status and advertise it on their profiles.
Reason #2 –
He/She is mine, so back off. A lot of flirting happens between single users of social networking sites, and making a relationship public allows people to stake their claim on their respective partners and tell everyone else to look for someone else to flirt with.
Reason #3 –
Being in a relationship with someone is a status symbol. Some people don’t like to publicize the fact that they are single, but when they are in any form of relationship, they immediately post it for the world to see.
For some people, even unconventional statuses like “In an Open Relationship” or “It’s Complicated” is better than “Single“.
Reason #4 –
They are proud of their relationship status. It’s that simple. It doesn’t matter what that status may be, they are proud to let the whole world about it, and there’s nothing more to it than that.
Reason #5 –
I’m just being honest. This is even more straightforward than being proud of a relationship status. They basically just want to let everyone know what is happening in their lives.
Letting people know that they’re dating someone is just like listing their hobbies and interests on their profile pages.
Reason #6 –
Ha ha! I’m in a relationship and you’re not. Some people just love to gloat, and social networking sites are the best place to do it. If you were in a relationship with the hottest person on campus, wouldn’t you want to brag about it, too?
Reason #7 –
(Almost) Everyone’s doing it, so why not?
Following what the majority does is quite common in any social setting, whether it’s online or in real life.
It doesn’t mean that people who just follow the status don’t have a mind of their own, it just means that they find nothing wrong with it since it’s done by almost everyone. It’s not like you’re advertising your financial status or anything. [Read – Financial Status DOES Matter In Love]
Posting your relationship status on Facebook is optional for a reason. It’s okay if you don’t want to publicize what’s going on in your love life. Choosing to keep your relationship out of your online profile doesn’t make it less official.
Just remember – whenever you do decide to let the world know if you’re dating or if you’ve just broken up with someone, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons.