Online social networking isn't going away, and neither are bad relationships. A social networking site may be a good way to tell if you are in a bad relationship. "Healthy relationships unfold at a natural pace," says Marshall, and "unhealthy people are really clingy or really rejecting."
Marshall advises that social networking sites should not be a weapon, and "if someone is pressuring you based upon your MySpace page, they may not be healthy enough to be in a relationship."
One MySpace user says he changed his status to "single" after his breakup as a way to "remind myself that my relationship really was over." It was a way, he says, of moving forward and facing life without a woman he thought he was going to spend the rest of his life with.
"Symbols in a relationship are huge, like a ring, or meeting the parents," says Marshall. And a Facebook profile may hold yet another symbol to be reckoned with in the 21st century relationship.
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