Sunday February 16 2014

Changing of Facebook status?

By Rogers Balamaga

So you have just entered into a relationship and brimming with excitement, The first thing that crosses your mind is to change your facebook relationship status from “complicated” (which you had used to mean single but I don’t want to come off as desperate) to “in a relationship with Mr-Ladies’-wine Ssekajugo.

For some reason, this is a very important step for you, because you need the world to know that you found love finally. You also find it imperative to assert dibs on Mr- Ladies’- wine so you are prepared to throw a tantrum if your relationship request stays pending for two hours yet facebook tells you he is online.

You wait for Facebook to make the announcement of your union with a red heart symbol and your pictures joined together. You visualise your friends ululating in approval as they shower you with gifts of likes and flattering comments. “Aww…you two look cute together.” You imagine reading some comments and you liking in agreement, promising them the onslaught of “Keeping up with the Ssekajugos”. However, sweet as you anticipate it, there are a few things you need to know;

Don’t believe everything people will comment on your relationship. Naturally, your friends feel compelled to tell you what they think you want to hear, that you two were meant to be . The day you change back your relationship status to “it’s complicated” is when they’ll inbox you their honest opinion about your ex.

The break up is going to be messy. Keep up appearances, trying to assure the whole world that it’s all blissful even when you are making all the efforts single handedly. Problem is you’re going to leave your friends in an uncomfortable position, wondering if it’s treasonous or not keep chatting with the person you made part of their lives.

Any other attempt to introduce someone else like “forget the other loser, this one is the bomb” will make you melodramatic. No one will care anymore.

Enjoy a fufilling relationship without necessarily smothering your Facebook friends with the mundane details.