Changing Your Relationship Status Too Soon
The first date's over. You're so excited! It went really well, and you've already got a second date scheduled for next weekend. The first thing you do when you get home is rush to your computer and get on Facebook to tell your friends.
You might post a Facebook status update saying you enjoyed the date. You might even hint about looking forward to the next date. However, hands off that Relationship Status setting in your profile! If you change it too soon, your date might think you're moving too fast.
Before the public forum of social networking Web sites, there was a certain mystique about dating. You could build and define the relationship privately over time, just between the two of you. With Facebook, though, as soon as you change your Relationship Status, it's literally front-page news. As the event shows up, inviting all your friends' comments, it's almost like announcing you're engaged!
A better choice is to wait until you've been on a few dates and you know you're ready to formalize the relationship. If everything seems to be working out, ask your partner's feelings about each other "boyfriend" or "girlfriend," especially when talking to other people. If you and your partner are already Facebook friends, consider making it a mutual decision about when to take that step of changing your Relationship Status.