Some of my friends have gotten married recently. And soon after (within hours) they changed their relationship status on Facebook. It’s almost like with dating, it’s not really official until it’s “Facebook official.” Facebook seems even to have changed the way we get married and how we announce it to the world. No longer in the newspaper, but in a relationship status.
Perhaps weddings should start including a relationship status ceremony in which the couples change their relationship status (perhaps there are people who have already done so). I can just imagine the minister saying something like “By the power vested in me by the state, the Church and Facebook, I pronounce you ‘married’. You may now change your relationship status.”
There is nothing wrong with the effect of Facebook on marriage. It’s efficient and adds another social dimension, the online dimension, to marriage celebrations. But, as I recently reminded a newlywed, when you’ve gotten married you should go on your honeymoon and leave Facebook alone.