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Tech Dating 101: Changing Your Relationship Status

Spring has sprung, and it's not only the time for budding flowers and April showers, it's the time of budding romances too! But with so much new technology out there, the art of dating has become more complicated than ever — we can totally feel Drew Barrymore's pain in He's Just Not That Into You when she laments about having to keep up with several different technologies just to get rejected.

So in the face of this uncharted territory, geeksugar and DearSugar are teaming up to bring you a series about love and the technologies that connect us called Tech Dating 101. We'll answer some of the burning questions you might have about both subjects, like our first question this week:

How long should I wait to change my status from "Single" to "In a Relationship" after I begin dating someone?

To see DearSugar's answer,


Oh how I wish there was a concrete answer for this one, because I get asked this all the time. But as you know, all relationships progress at different speeds, so you really have to look at it on a case-by-case basis. If you're in a committed, monogamous relationship, I don't think you should think twice about changing your status, but before making any announcements to the world wide web, be sure you and your love interest are on the same page. If you're both willing to make the change, do it together and consider it another step in the right direction. Just make sure you're confident in the future of your relationship, as it could be rather embarrassing to have to change your status back to "single" a few weeks later.

If your guy is not willing to let go of his single status, however, you might want to reevaluate the relationship. I'd take his hesitation as a telltale sign that he's either not ready to make a commitment to you, or he's not willing to expose your relationship to his family and friends.

While this seems like a simple task, I do understand what a big step this is. At the end of the day, you're going to have to communicate with your partner and do whatever feels right for you and your relationship. Or, you could always take the easy way out and leave your relationship status blank!

To find out what geek has to say about relationship status, and how to tell from your tech habits if you're officially taken, head on over to geeksugar.


muchacha muchacha 8 years
i always feel terrible when i see a fb friend change their status from 'in a relationship' to 'single' and that's why i don't bother putting my status up. Going through a break-up is hard enough, I wouldn't want to relive on facebook.
kirklandjenna kirklandjenna 8 years
I am in a committed relationship, but I hide my relationship status, its nobody's business really.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Oh, I changed it the next day! We were friends for like 2 yrs before getting together though... it was OK. ;) I was like LOG ON AND ACCEPT MY STATUS CHANGE NOW or I won't make you breakfast. :D
lovelysg lovelysg 8 years
I keep it hidden as well, no need to share with the whole cyberspace. People close to me know the deal.
tomatoshirt tomatoshirt 8 years
facebook is messing up people's life period.
sabrinaland sabrinaland 8 years
After too much drama, I finally decativated my whole Facebook account. I feel so much better!
bleached bleached 8 years
That relationship status thing is silly and way too many people take it too seriously. Personally, I make a joke of it. My Facebook relationship status says that I'm married to a girl. Anyone who actually knows me knows that it is truly and utterly false...
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
i would change mine, it doesn't say whether i'm single or not and i prefer it that way.
CYL CYL 8 years
I don't even bother on facebook or whatever, I just hide my relationship relationship status = no wierd convo about changing it and whatever. The people that need to know, know I am with my bf, and people who want to know will ask, and if you are half smart you could probably tell I have a bf by some of my status updates or the occasional profile picture. I sometimes feel like in this weird social networking age nothing is private anymore, so I just prefer to keep some things to myself even though I am crazy in love with my bf and its not that I am hiding him, just whatever, I don't need to shout and let the world know.
pippins_halfling pippins_halfling 8 years
No big deal... If you guys are official, then you don't even need to ask if you want to change your status. If you're not official, then don't.
kty kty 8 years
for me i still put single..even though we are soon as we get married i'll change it but as of now it's no big deal to me and he doesn't mind since i'm not online to date but to make friends
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
If a guy asked me "Can I change my Facebook status..." I think I would laugh in his face. Are we 12?!
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i don't get why you'd put SINGLE if you weren't single? if you have a boyfriend then you're not single, you're in a relationship...i can see wanting the hidden status thing (thats what i do) but why leave it single if you're in a serious and committed relationship? it's a lie?
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
I disagree with keeping your status single until you are married. The better option is just not answering or keeping your relationship status hidden. I personally don't consider myself single while I am in a relationship.
roseate roseate 8 years
I don't have my relationship status posted on facebook. It's just easier that way. My boyfriend doesn't have his status posted either. If we break up, we won't have to worry about hundreds of people getting the announcement on their mini feeds.
CupcakeGal10 CupcakeGal10 8 years
Yes...I love these posts! Thank you Dear/ friends and I keep wondering over dating etiquette in an age of technology. It will be nice to have some of our questions answered!
luna08 luna08 8 years
Hiden status; although I totally agree with Bella.
designerel designerel 8 years
In the past, I only listed myself in a relationship because the bf would send a relationship request and I just accepted it.
geebers geebers 8 years
Agree- I never bother to post anything- single or taken. My friends and loved ones know the deal.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I always say, change it if you get married. Otherwise, I leave mine "single." Always.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
I also keep my relationship status hidden because I don't feel the need to broadcast my personal business to everyone on Facebook. My bf has his status set to "in a relationship" and that's his choice and he respects my choice to keep mine hidden. Everyone we care about knows we are together and that's all that matters to us. I think it's silly to see friends on Facebook go in and out of relationships with the same person repeatedly. No need to let your drama spill everywhere.
aklatina aklatina 8 years
i agree with the first two, 1 why even show it, 2 if your in the right relationship you should feel 100% comfortable asking your guy, HEY! i think im gonna change my status to in a relationship, unless you want me to leave it single? how bout you!? all playful like.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Yeah, talk about it first, if you do it at all.
lcterp lcterp 8 years
I don't even deal with this anymore, my relationship status is hidden and I like it better that way. The people who need to know who I'm dating and what's going on with that do by other means that fbook. This just makes me so bewildered sometimes when ppl are in a relationship then out then in and all their friends say "omg what happened" instead of finding out off of cyberspace. It's just my opinion to not even bring any of the "drama" that comes with electronic relationship statuses.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
why don't you just ASK the guy? "Hey, I was thinking about changing my Facebook relationship status, what do you think?"
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