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Tech and Dating Tips 2009-03-23 09:00:13

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 my take on this important online predicament, just


It's kinda hard to know when to take the plunge from "single" to "in a relationship" unless you've had the whole relationship talk. But if you aren't the talking type, then taking a peek at his Facebook or MySpace status can answer a whole lot of questions. Of course, guys are pretty notorious for not paying attention to the little details, so I'd just try and gauge your relationship itself — if you both aren't dating anyone else and you're regularly going over your monthly texting limit to send him notes, connecting via email every day, and can still have a great face-to-face convo over dinner, I'd say you're pretty much taken. Or you could always go the easy route, and not list your relationship status at all until you've got a ring on your finger. That takes the guesswork out of everything!

To find out why Dear says communication is not only important to your relationship, but also to your online status, head on over to DearSugar.


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CupcakeRN CupcakeRN 8 years
My boyfriend and I both wanted to be in a committed relationship together after our third date. Two days later he asked if it should be made "official" on facebook! Haha....
ECULeah ECULeah 8 years
My friends and I joke that if its "not Facebook official, it never happened." :-p I tend to wait a couple months/when we go exclusive. If you've been dating for a while and he doesn't want to list a relationship on Facebook, he's probably just keeping his options open.
sillyone06 sillyone06 8 years
My boyfriend and I have been going out for almost 7 months now and neither of us have updated our facebook profiles saying we're dating. He said that he did it because he doesn't want people suddenly asking questions and prying into his personal life. Which is fair, it's sometimes a little awkward for me, but I don't generally let it bother me. I think it's something that both parties should discuss, and is a viable option.
ladolcealana ladolcealana 8 years
I had this problem with the guy I'm with. We were a bit quiet about the relationship at first because his ex's were very bitter, but after about a month I got the lovely relationship request. It sounds petty, but when I got it my heart skipped a beat. There's something nice about announcing your relationship on a public forum.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I opened up my facebook account forever ago. I just in the last 4 months started using it, I went through to update my profile and add a picture and it posted to my wall "marilyn is now married". Some of my friends and family got a bit weird with it, like I had been hiding the fact that I was married. I do have one friend who is constantly going back and forth between "in a relationship, it's complicated" to "single" with the same girl. Makes me think a tiny bit less of him.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
once you're exclusive, it's fair game to change it
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
I changed my relationship status after dating for a few months. Unintentional consequence: his ex saw it and got all crazy about it.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I didn't realize a relationship status on a social networking site was such a big deal. Apparently I'm old school.
Tech Tech 8 years
Very true! Now that is what I call a 'Tech Ultimatum'!
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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