Facebook's Couples Pages Are Making Some People Sick, but What's All the Fuss?

Facebook relationship pagesFacebook announced that it's upgrading its Friendship Pages to highlight the interactions you've had with friends, and that now includes Facebook couples pages, which chronicle your relationship with your significant other. Aw, Facebook! That's so sweet of you. Or is it?

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, if you go to a friend's profile and click on that little wheel on the right, you can open up a menu that gives you the option to "See Friendship." If you click on that, you can see a page that shows all of your Facebook interactions with that person. The Friendship Pages update started rolling out to users yesterday. Pretty cool, right?

But now Facebook's added couples pages, so you can relive your entire relationship on Facebook any time you want. And some people are definitely NOT okay with that.


If you want to check out your own Facebook relationship page, go to facebook.com/us. You have to have your relationship status actually on Facebook for it to work, and it can't just say "married." You've got to be married to your partner.

I personally think it's kinda sweet. You can check out your shared history on Facebook on your very own relationship timeline. That means all your photos, likes, mutual friends, and shared statues are in one place. Instant scrapbook!

The Internets, however, is outraged. Blogger Jennifer Wright says the pages make her "want to vomit." And why? "Basically, I do not think that being a couple turns you into a stick figure with a hybrid thought process." Whoa, Nelly. Overreact much? Having a Facebook couples page turns you into a robot with no identity? Uh, sure. This clearly says more about her than it does about Facebook.

Emma Bartnett, over at The Telegraph, also wants to puke over the Facebook couples page. "Mr Zuckerberg: by all means keep giving people new tools -- as you did when you created Facebook," she writes. "But when you start doing things for us -- the experience is anything but social or remotely positive. You have infantilised my relationship for me with the creation of www.facebook.com/us. Only I should get to do that."

Well, she kind of has a point there. An opt-out option should always exist on Facebook, and on any social network. But getting all worked up over being linked to your partner on a social network seems a bit melodramatic, no? If you don't want the Facebook couples page to exist, you can un-couple yourself on Facebook.

What do you think of Facebook's new relationship pages?


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