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So this past weekend, my good friend and I were talking about men and it progressed to us discussing the topic of Facebook relationship statuses. Are you one of those individuals who openly declare their romance situation to the world? If you are, then join the other million who do because you are not the only. However, I am not one of those people. I like to keep things private. I`m the type of person who lives for the moment - not the label. On the other hand, the internet has made privacy virtually obsolete and has made public announcements of things like relationships, the norm but I would prefer not to share my love life with the online community and would rather opt out from ``digital PDA`` altogether.
Unfortunately, I know several women who care about ``status`` whether it`s in the real-world or on Facebook. Then again, women have been defined by men and the so called label makes them feel secure. My personal opinion, it`s `official` when two individual have `the talk` and from experience this is truly important to every relationship. So when people say, ``It`s only official when it`s on Facebook,`` I completely disagree. I do not need a social networking site such as Facebook to publicize my personal life. I simply prefer to inform the people closest to me at my own discretion and then others gradually, over time. I know some may not understand my logic and see displaying their relationship status on Facebook as a symbol of declaring their love and it`s understandable as we now live in a technology based society. Hence for me, relationship statuses = unnecessary way to let the world know you are with someone + lack of privacy.
Also for many people, Facebook has come to mirror how they see themselves in real life and the one thing that mixes it up is the relationship status. This can ultimately make things complicated as you are joining two people in the social networking world. My real question is about proper etiquette when it comes to sharing this kind of information online or does etiquette simply go out the window when it comes to this issue?