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I love Facebook.
I really do.
It's cool. It's got all you need to tell people about you - your photos, your likes, your dislikes, what you did for the weekend, what your grandmother had for breakfast etc.
One thing I like about Facebook is that it gives the opportunity for people to tell the truth about their relationship status, whether they were single, married, in a relationship and so on. As a social scientist who is somewhat versed in discourse analysis, allow me to analyse a few of them.
1) SINGLE - a lot of lovelorn teens and young adults post this as their relationship status. Mostly, when they say they are single on Facebook you can generally believe it. Reason - they're going to get a whacking/tongue lashing from their significant other, who is also on Facebook.
2) (Not Stated) - This equivocation is one usually used by people who are in a relationship but are not comfortable in admitting it yet, or are in a relationship but their significant other is not yet on Facebook, or used by those who actually do not have a relationship but are too shy to admit that they are 'losers' ( Not the personal opinion of blogger).
3) MARRIED - Those who are married, and whose spouses are ALSO on Facebook. Enough said.
4) IN A RELATIONSHIP - These are usually truthful statements, as they have to be verified by both parties.
5) IN AN OPEN RELATIONSHIP - Now, this is the one I have the biggest gripe with. A lot of young and trendy people in their late teens and their young adulthood may at some point or other choose to publish this relationship status. They may think (please read the next part in a ditsy sing-song voice) - 'Oh my bf/gf is so understanding, we have have a beautiful relationship, we tell each other everything, we have no secrets, we are so open, bla bla bla'. In short, many people, especially my students (current, past, university, school) are of the opinion that an 'Open Relationship' means a good loving relationship where both parties are open with each other and tell each other how they feel.
Just to clarify, allow me to state the definition of an 'Open Relationship'.
i - An open relationship is a relationship in which the participants are free to have emotional and/or physical relationships with other partners, often within mutually agreed limits. If a couple in an open relationship are married, it can be called an open marriage. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_relationship)