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Archive for March 24th, 2008

It’s complicated.

Before, if you were in an on-again, off-again relationship, only you and your closest friends who saw you every day would know.  Now, I have to know, even though I hated you in high school and we haven’t spoken in years.

Ah, social networking sites.  Your relationship status, vacation photos, and favorite movie quotes are there for all to see.  If we were to compare various social networking sites to, say, types of bars, Linkedin would be a swanky hotel bar, Facebook would be the neighborhood watering hole, and MySpace would be the kind of place that has a mechanical bull and bales of vomit-soaked hay to cushion your fall.  And they’d let in kids with fake IDs.

These places are great for keeping up with the dramatic rises and falls of your friends’ dating lives, and they’re also great for finding out if that person you just met is single.  And if you know me, you know I love a good stalking.  You can also show off to the world that you aren’t unlovable, because if they click that link they can see the photo of a real, live person who does in fact love you (and is willing to declare it to hundreds of people!).  That, my friends, is devotion.

You can also find out when your exes get married and have kids, which is terrifying.

Anyway, two things before I go and watch The Hills because I tire of this subject.  First, does anyone expect to find a date off of these sites?  I know people who’ve been approached, but it usually doesn’t work out.  Also, is there, like, a massive sense of shame when one has to change their status from “in a relationship” to “single”?  Because I don’t really judge people, I just see it and think, “Oh, that’s too bad, they were cute together.”  I read an article that I can’t find the link to that quoted someone who said that when she and her boyfriend amicably broke up, he asked that she wait a few days to change their Facebook status because he didn’t want to deal with it right now.  Do people really care that much?

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