Facebook, a social networking site, also called a social utility, has added new features to their choices for relationship status. Well-known for their user-friendly options, they have now added to the relationship statuses: civil union and domestic partnership. Founder Mark Zuckerburg has always chosen to keep Facebook user-friendly and has managed to make it the number one social utility worldwide.
A free service, Facebook has grown in popularity over the years, both as a company and social utility, and can actually be compared to Google as a household name. While Google provides a search engine service, Facebook provides a way to use the informtion you find on the search engine through status updates, facilitating social connections, and keeping you updated through your news feed. Described as the ‘social white pages’ by techcrunch, Facebook has become a very common way to search for someone you know, or want to know!
What does this change mean for your relationship?
It has become very common to change your relationship status on Facebook. If you are dating, you can put that. If you are kind of dating but not really sure what’s happening, then you can choose ‘it’s complicated.’ Now, a new relationship status, the ‘civil union’ and ‘domestic partnership’ can appeal to a new group — the LGBT population!
Previously the options available in the relationship status were not very friendly to the LGBT population if you were in a serious marriage, but not in the legal sense. With all the semantic drama we have regarding same-sex marriage, it’s no wonder that some LGBT people have no idea what to choose as their relationship status.
With this new change, if you choose, you can more accurately represent your relationship to others. Oftentimes, LGBT relationships are not recognized as serious in nature, though they surely are. As with any relationship, having others recognize your union is very important to the overall health of the relationship. With social media growing daily as a way of connecting with others and letting people know who we love, relationship status changes are growing in importance.
The President of GLAAD (Gay & Lebsbian Alliance Against Defamation) stated:
“By acknowledging the relationships of countless loving and committed same-sex couples in the U.S. and abroad, Facebook has set a new standard of inclusion for social media.”
Read more about these new relationship status changes in the LA Times.
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