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Do Tell: How Long Do You Wait to Change Your Online Profile After a Breakup?

After a breakup, there's a grieving period; it can take weeks, months, even years to get over it. But for some, it only takes a few days before they're ready to be back on the market again.
In the wonderful world of social networking, a simple change of your relationship status on your profile page can put you back in the dating pool instantly — genius if you ask me — but when is the right time to let the masses know you're single again? Since anyone, including your ex, has access to your MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, or TeamSugar home page, do tell: Should there be a grace period after a breakup? Or are you of the mindset of why waste time!?


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turtleshell turtleshell 7 years
I've been dating my boyfriend for 4 and a half years, so my profile does say that I am in a relationship. Besides, leaving it blank gives creeps the wrong idea.
dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
I don't post my personal information on the computer for everyone to see. It's nobody's business.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I broke up with a long term boyfriend in January and we basically had to change our facebook profiles because our friends needed to know really... It shocked a lot of people but I needed the support I got that night off everybody. As soon as I asked my boyfriend out in April we changed our facebook statuses. ;p
michelle-c42934 michelle-c42934 9 years
I cleverly never attach myself in a relationship with a boyfriend on my profile and I have myself in a relationship with my best friend so that when I am dating I don't feel forced to publically annouce my relationship online.
roseate roseate 9 years
I leave it blank so that I don't have to worry about this issue. The guys who are really interested in me will find out if I'm single some other way.
thelorax thelorax 9 years
I'm married now...but I used to jump to change it before the dude did. Kinda was a pride thing.
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 9 years
I change it to 'blank' right away on the sites that allow it (FaceBook).
Poster-of-a-Girl Poster-of-a-Girl 9 years
When I broke up with my ex I changed it within a couple of days. I didn't want facebook to do the broken heart thing though (esp. since I was DEFFO not the broken hearted one) so I just changed my settings so that the relationship status change doesn't show up on anyone's feeds. That way people wouldn't know unless they actually went and read my profile. It was entirely so I don't have to field questions about what happened.
ladychaos ladychaos 9 years
When I got out of a relationship (about 3 weeks ago), I waited a few days and then changed my status to blank. However, he went in and listed himself as single before we had the breakup convo... ...what an ass!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Haha my friends and I joke that when you've seriously broken up, you change your facebook status. I think that goes for relationships too. I assume anyone "in a relationship" on fb is pretty serious, usually 6+ months. I don't think there is anything wrong with having your relationship status on facebook. I mean, the only people who can see it are my friends and it's not like I care if they know. I agree that it is really awkward when people change their marital statuses tho. My coworker changed "married to "in an open relationship." I'm not a super judgey person, but it made me sad and I was like, really, you want even your coworkers to know you're not just banging your husband anymore? Ugh.
K-is-For-Kait K-is-For-Kait 9 years
If you've definitely broken up and it's not just some dumb fight or something like that, change it right away. Otherwise, you may start to look like the sad sap who can't let go of their old relationship as more people start to find out.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Hypothetical here : If guy breaks up with girl but isn't 100% sure on it, girl changes her online profile to single right away, guy sees this and assumes girl has moved on when in fact girl is heartbroken. Doesn't seem like a good idea for at least a few weeks in case you end up back together. My bff would change her status to single whenever she'd get into a fight with her BF.
rocketgirl rocketgirl 9 years
I don't think I'd change it to "single" immediately, but I might leave it blank as soon as the break-up happened.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I keep my online profile at "Single" all the time, even when I have a BF. I wouldn't want to miss out on anyone who might be interested!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I haven't had a breakup since I've had my online profiles. Yay!
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
yeah actually my friend asked me the other day, "i see your fb says "you're in a relationship" when did that happen?" and i told her the truth, that i'm not in a relationship but it saves me from dealing with lame guys msging me and my friends trying to set me up. Really leaving it blank is the best option.
luthien-tinuviel luthien-tinuviel 9 years
My boyfriend recently broke up with me and we were listed as "in a relationship" on one of those sites. After we broke up (over the phone) he half-jokingly mentioned we should change our when we hung up I went online and saw he was online so I quickly did it before he could--maybe that was a little snotty? Since then he's dropped me as his "friend." Ugh, those sites are so ridiculous, I'm never going to put a relationship status on them again.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
on something like this i wouldn't be in a rush but something like myspace or facebook i would change it immediately or i would not have it answered at all.
skigurl skigurl 9 years
i dont have my relationship status up for a reason! it invites too many comments and is awkward when you start to date someone or break up....think of how you approach the "um should i be changing my facebook status yet or are we still casually dating?" AWKWARD!
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 9 years
i always cringe for the people who "are no longer married" or "no longer in a relationship" cuz all of a sudden everyone is asking who what where why and how right on their walls. and i think its private. i feel especially bad for those who went from being "married" to "its complicated". i never pry though :)
Squeaks26 Squeaks26 9 years
My boyfriend and I had one of those mutual breakup of we still care a lot about each other but we can't see us getting married. Even thought it was mutual I took it pretty hard because my life revolved around him. He created my facebook page so that he could link us as being in a relationship. Everything on there had to do with our trips together and our friends. I waited one day to delete my facebook account. I liked being able to talk to friends from high school, but email works the same. His friends got really offended as if I deleted them as friends until they realized my whole profile was gone. I just couldn't stand looking at our life together with SINGLE written next to it all.
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
Is this question for real?
miriah15 miriah15 9 years
Right as soon as you're completely done with that awkward post-breakup phase of "Maybe we should get back together"
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 9 years
I left my ex almost three months ago. I've told the people who count most about my break up. I'm not in denial about the break up - I just don't want everyone in my face about it since we were together for so long. I can't stand the pitiful looks people give as if I'm broken by it. NOT.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 9 years
This is horrible but I take some slight ha ha moment when I see the broken heart. I usually take it down immediately, I think if you leave it up you are in denial.
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