Facebook and other technologies make it easy to share every aspect of your life, instantly, with hundreds of other people. But just because you can doesn't mean you should. That's especially true when it comes to intimate relationships.
Whether you're in high school or in a retirement home, it's understandable that you're excited about a new squeeze. But just as you wouldn't stand up in front of the cafeteria to shout out your new relationship status, you may want to refrain from doing the same on Facebook.
Your closest friends already know when you're dating someone new. Likewise, they'll know when that relationship ends. They'll advertise both situations to a larger social group. In short, there's no need to trumpet new lovers online, or lash out with an immediate "Single" status change when that love dies in a huge ball of flames.
By simply hiding your relationship status as a permanent part of your profile, you can avoid many of the soap operas that flare up on Facebook. You'll also project a sense of maturity and self-confidence, in that you don't need a Facebook relationship status to signal your life's course.