I’m already completely aware of the fact that I’m single and have been for quite some time. Let alone do I need to log on to Facebook and see “a girl I went to high school with” is in a relationship with “some guy I’ve never talked to before” to remind me. But that’s how things are these days. Relationships aren’t considered official unless you make your updated relationship status official on all of your social networking sites. Honestly, it’s exhausting. And quite frankly I’m annoyed. Maybe I’m jealous, or maybe I’m bitter because I don’t have someone to shower me with affection or shove heart shaped chocolates down my throat on this Valentine’s Day. But I have to laugh at the fact that social media has such a huge effect on relationships and whether they are viewed as “serious” or not.
Three of the top reasons why people do not display the name of their significant other on Facebook include, “He asked me not to”, “So when I’m single I don’t have to change it”, and “Crazy ex-girlfriends”. Well, that’s comforting. Kidding.
The most anticipated gifts to recieve from significant others were chocoloate and dinner. Which really enforces the idea that “it’s what’s on the inside that counts”.
Social networking has really been a good thing for the PR of Valentine’s Day as a holiday. Why? Because if Susie’s boyfriend bought her all this fancy stuff for Valentine’s Day, chances are she’s going to inform all of her Facebook friends about it by updating her status. Which in return will encourage Danny to think, “Oh wow, Susie’s boyfriend did all of this neat stuff for Susie for Valentine’s Day. I should probably do some cool stuff for my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day so that she doesn’t see Susie’s status and get mad at me.”
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