Options for Facebook Relationship Status

By Sarah Morse

To many, Facebook statuses mark the beginning, and often the official end, of a relationship.
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Relationship status has always been an integral part of Facebook. Some choose to use the option as an official part of their relationships, while others just leave the setting blank. To change your status, head to your timeline and click "Update Info" next to your name. Next to the Basic Info heading, click "Edit Info." From there you can choose from over 10 relationship options and limit who sees an update from that area.


Facebook's relationship status options have evolved along with the site's design. At the time of publication, you can choose from the following relationship options: "Single," "In a Relationship," "Engaged," "Married," "It's Complicated," "In an Open Relationship," "Widowed," "Separated," "Divorced," "In a Civil Union," and "In a Domestic Partnership." You may also choose to leave the option blank. When you choose a relationship option, you may specify the person with whom you are in the relationship, although this is not required. The other person must be a confirmed friend and must also confirm the relationship.


From the same panel, you can limit who sees a relationship status update. Click the down arrow to the right of the relationship options and choose either "Public," "Friends," "Friends except Acquaintances," "Only Me," "Custom," or one of the friend lists you created previously. The custom option allows you to show the status to a particular list while hiding it from specific people.