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Facebook may not come with an official set of etiquette rules, but there is still a polite way and rude way to change your online relationship status from “In A Relationship” to “Single.” Being sure about the end is top priority, as changing your relationship status back and forth every other day can make you look like a wishy-washy fool.

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The Polite Way  Good manners dictate you change your relationship status from “In A Relationship” to “Single” after both parties have agreed the relationship is over. Once you are both in agreement, however, good manners go out the window. The one with the real last word is the one who can more quickly race to the computer and change the status first, “Time” magazine points out.


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The Exception  An exception to the polite rule is when the other party has blown you off for a certain amount of time, with the amount of time dependent on your level of desperation. You are allowed to hang on to the fantasy that you two are still together for as long as you want to keep up the façade. If your calls have gone unreturned for weeks, your emails unanswered for months and your sweetie actually ran out the back door of a bar when she saw you come in, you might want to go ahead and change your relationship status from “In A Relationship” to “Single.”

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The Rude Way  The rudest way to go about changing your relationship status from “In A Relationship” to “Single” is when you are simply sick of the person but don’t have the guts to let her know face-to-face. Breaking up with people on Facebook without their prior knowledge is akin to sticking a fork in their eye—but publicly. Another rude option for changing your relationship status is to go from “In A Relationship” to “Single” after a big fight. It’s a rude awakening for the other person that she honestly might lose you over this fight, but it can also backfire. Your former flame may go ahead and un-friend you altogether or, worse yet, remain your friend so she can post nasty messages and intimate relationship details on your wall.