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Facebook’s Couplemania — 10 Comments

  1. …..in fact, if i were comfortable using fb, i’d want, myself, to protest the list they offer and demand from them at least a blank entry offer to fill out as you wish.

    if it were me, i’d fill in: I’M NOT HAPPY WITH THIS LIST AND THINK IT IS OUTDATED, MISINFORMING, SUPERFLUOUS AND INVASIVE. IF AND WHEN I WISH TO ANNOUNCE THINGS ABOUT MY VERY PERSONAL LIVING ARRANGEMENTS, I WILL, INDEPENDENT OF THIS CONVENTION, WHICH, IN MY OPINION, HAS LONG AGO LOST ITS RELEVANCE TO CONTEMPORARY LIFE.

  2. i also think that it may be worth the effort and space to put out your experience to your friends on fb, open up a forum there on it to let everyone know how fb manipulates us and also in that way let those in charge at fb know about this faulty aspect of their setup.

  3. the ONELY site is lots of fun and connection. thanks.

    i browsed through it and found a great poster labeled: “i’m single. you’ll have to be freaking amazing to change that!”

    i wish i knew how to attach the picture here, too, but if you scroll down on their home page,you’ll see it along with one other ‘singles-pride’ posters.

  4. Rachel – I have an idea …….

    Why not put that you’re “in a relationship” …… with yourself!!!!

    On that note, years ago a woman actually married herself as a sign that she was happy with herself.

    And if you choose “in a relationship” then you can have a thread asking your friends to guess why you changed your status!!!! 😉 😉

    i0landa

    • Hehe! I think I’ve done this once before, so they might not fall for it… And it might be worth playing around with 😉 I also vaguely remember Onely doing something like this… I’ll see if I can find that post…

      I’ve also tried once to be in a relationship with Immanuel Kant because I was studying him so much, I felt like we were in a (rather one-sided) relationship…

  5. i agree totally with your expectation that facebook (or ANYboody worth their name) respect your description of yourself and NOT CHANGE IT AT WILL.

    i think i’m not not clear if i understood the details: did facebook suddenly change the selections they offer after you changed your status?….meaning: did facebook suddenly change something that had been in place by them for a time?….or, are those selections changeable by you or any member?

    what IS clear to me, from my own experience with fb as well as other mass media or large corporations, is that the larger the company’s power and size, the more they cater to cheap, popular sentiments. my experience with fb has been their invasiveness into privacy and very aggressive self-promotion.

    what’s so sad is that fact: that success in our culture is pretty correlated with convention at the lowest common denominator, and continuing diminishment of their moral responsibilities.

    good for you for not letting yourself and your personal information be controlled by them

    • I believe “it’s complicated” used to be displayed as “it’s complicated,” so Facebook made the change and is now displaying it as “a complicated relationship.”

      And, no, we users cannot change this. We have to choose one of the preselected categories – or not display our relationship status.

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