Single Girl Society: “It’s Complicated” But We Don’t Need To Know That

There are a lot of complicated things in life – like trying to figure out what’s going on in the Middle East, or why Charlie Sheen is still famous, or what outfit to wear this Friday night. But your Facebook relationship status should not be one of them.

Lesson 12:  It’s Complicated” but we don’t need to know that.

There are so many things wrong with the “It’s Complicated” status that sometimes I wonder if Facebook just threw it up on the profile settings just for kicks and giggles. Maybe this so-called relationship status comes with the territory of our generation’s tendency to overshare on social media sites, but this is almost as bad as your sister posting a home video of giving birth to her firstborn on Facebook and tagging it, “a miracle.”

Why would you feel the need to tell the world that you are basically incapable of having a real relationship? And if you are capable of having a real relationship, this status says you blatantly prefer the drama of an “It’s Complicated” situation more. Because really, if it’s that complicated, you probably shouldn’t be with the person.

In what situation does the “It’s Complicated” actually benefit someone? Certainly not when you meet a new guy and he adds you on Facebook with hopes of sending a flirty little message to ask you out. And certainly not when your mom adds you and you don’t really need another reason for her to hate your taste in men.

Whatever just happened to being in a relationship or not? Don’t get me wrong, I love a good fear of commitment as much as the next person, just ask some of my exes. But if you’re going to get on Facebook to tell the Internet about your relationship status, stop and consider that maybe the only people who care if “It’s Complicated” are the people who already know it. The rest of us? Could care less. And let’s be real, are probably going to judge you for it.

Not only does the “It’s Complicated” status almost completely wipe out the potential for a new relationship, it does nothing but emphasize your taste for the more dramatic things in life. Whether we like it or not, never have two words said so much about a person. The minute someone reads the “It’s Complicated” status on someone’s page, the assumptions begin to flow like Keystone at a frat Kegger.

The worst part? The list of things people could assume are endless. People may assume you’re a drama fiend who treats every relationship like a battlefield or that you’re a pushover who cant come out from under some douche bag’s heavy hand or that you have serious emotional issues or even worse, that you’ve only ever dated people with serious emotional issues. And believe me, the list goes on.

Whether you care what the world thinks or not, the bottom line is that the “It’s Complicated” status is so not sexy. So if you keep asking yourself why your love life is at a standstill, you might want to reconsider your Facebook relationship status of choice.

In order for you to open your life to new love, you have to let go of old love (or lust) not because it’s the right thing to do, but because, how the hell else is the rest of the world supposed to know you’re single and looking?

Got it? Now get the first 11 rules of the Single Girl Society right here.



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  2. mae says:

    I would never put "it's complicated" on my facebook, BUT you're being pretty quick to judge people who do. I doubt it's ALWAYS a negative thing when someone has a "complicated" relationship. It may appear negative to an outsider, but to the people who are actually "complicated" it may be amazing. So yeah, it does look dumb to have that as your relationship status, but it's also pretty dumb to judge the relationship status of relationships you aren't in.

    1. kate says:

      People put things on Facebook to be judged. If you don't want people to know and form opinions about aspects of your life, you don't put it on Facebook. Whether it's true or not, certain assumptions come with the "it's complicated" status, and anyone should be aware of that if they choose to put it as their status. Honestly, it always makes me think that the person who has this as their status is just being strung along by somebody they're occasionally hooking up with. That's what I've seen to be the case, anyway.

    2. Tiff says:

      But if it is complicated, why do you have to put it out there for the world to see? Like she said, if it's complicated, you know its complicated (As I'm sure your friends do as well) so why the need to tell the whole world? Change your status when you're in a real honest to goodness relationship. And then only do that if you want to and not because everyone tells you "it's not official until it's facebook official". And if that's the case, my mom and dad have been unoficially official for years now.

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