While searching for pictures for my article on the craziest places people have had sex, I came across this picture of the various definitions of a relationship status. This got me thinking about the ever-important Facebook relationship status
Yes, this has been covered before
, but I thought I'd put in my own two cents.
Now, I know that your relationship status on Facebook shouldn't affect how you feel about the relationship in real life. But for most of us who grew up in the Facebook generation, it does.
I was 'official' with my current boyfriend for about a week before we made it Facebook-official. But it wasn't until I saw the words "In A Relationship With __" staring me in the face that I thought to myself Oh. This is actually happening.
On a more narcissistic level, there's an ego boost that comes with changing your relationship status. This might be more of a girl thing. But, whenever I change my relationship status, my friends like the status and congratulate me (and of course, I do the same for them). They do the same thing when I tell them in person, but having the physical evidence staring me in the face is just so much more satisfying
. It's also a great way to catch up with old friends who say, "Congrats!! By the way, how are you? It's been ages!"
And sometimes, the Facebook relationship status actually does matter, especially if either one of you is on the more promiscuous side. Facebook-official is a public declaration of your togetherness. Where else are you going to find the fact that you are in a committed relationship written down somewhere, unless it's a marriage license? Facebook-official says to other people, and by other people I mean those who might go after your S/O, "We're happily unavailable. Back off."
Of course, not everybody agrees with this. I certainly have friends that think the difference between regular-official and Facebook-official shouldn't matter. I'm OK with not having our relationship on Facebook, but I feel more comfortable with it there. And if your S/O refuses to take down his/her "Single" status, you should probably rethink your relationship. What do you think? How much does Facebook-official matter?Image Source