Although relationship statuses may be in more use now than ever before according to Stern, I think one of the funnier things on Facebook is when someone changes their relationship status. Often times, when a friend gets into a relationship, it will change and everyone receives a notification about it. Usually at that point, most of your friends will go on and congratulate you on the new relationship. Eventually though, most people reach the awkward part when that person, however long later it may be, changes their status back to “single” or Facebook’s newest category: “it’s complicated”. What are that person’s friends supposed to do? Do you “Like” the status or do you leave it alone in case the person is upset about the break up? Having relationship status displayed, although helpful at times when deciding whether or not to communicate to someone, puts people in an awkward middle ground between the relationships.
My issue with this is that why even put it out there in the first place? Thankfully, most of my friends have taken the same issue because we have realized that relationships are obviously a tricky business and most don’t work, especially at this point in our lives. Shockingly though, some people still feel the need to get on and set it accordingly, despite the possible embarrassment that may come from doing so.
Facebook should do away with the relationship status, it not only saves all of the friends from having to deal with a publicly displayed break up but it also saves the two main parties involved from having to first off display the new status, and then secondly, answer questions about what happened on their wall or through their messages.
In response to “Facebook: Relationship Statuses Up by 200 percent on Valentine’s Day” by Joanna Stern.