Avoid Getting Relation-Ship-Wrecked on Facebook
By Jessica Walker
As I was researching for this post, I was surprised at how important the “Relationship Status” has become on Facebook. I honestly had no idea how critical this click was for a lot of people. I guess I am confused because I primarily use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family only. It does not seem like a dating destination. Besides, your close friends and family members should know your relationship status already and if they don’t then I would question why they are even on your connections or contacts list in the first place.
Now from a safety standpoint, I would avoid posting the following status options:
• It’s Complicated
• Swinger (MySpace option only)
Choosing any one of these status options is like throwing chum into the cyberland sea. You may attract friendly fish but you’re also inviting predators as well. Criminals swimming around lurking to feed on emotional carnage will be drawn to the Single status, It’s Complicated status and especially the Widowed status. As for the Swinger status, that sounds to me like an invitation for a sketchy couple looking to rob you blind while the other keeps you occupied if you know what I mean. If that’s your thing, please “tread” lightly.
My advice is focus your online dating interaction towards the sites that specialize in just dating and turn off your relationship status on sites like Facebook and MySpace. If you’re worried about a missed opportunity, don’t sweat it! If someone wants to know your status they can always send you a message through your profile page. Which in turn gives you the opportunity to check them out before replying.
For those already in a relationship, I would also avoid the Relationship Status. In my research, I read far too many stories of public humiliation due to someone changing their status before they had “the talk” with their partner or the bombardment of questions from concerned contacts once they noticed your status changed back to Single. Check out this article where an ex-partner was harassed through Facebook to the point that a defamation suit was filed.
If your partner gets concerned because you’re not posting your status just simply tell them you are concerned with promoting too much of your personal life online. I’m sure in this day and age they will understand.
Relationships are complicated enough. So why layer in another element that could potentially cause you grief. Let’s throw out the chum bucket and grab a good old fishing pole or two and cast our lines out into the online dating cyberland sea and score our next catch the safer way.
Until next time, here’s to keeping you Safer in the City!