The dating game is constantly changing; from good old-fashioned harana and courtship to simply messaging through text, swiping on dating apps, or flirting via social media—and with this trend, you’ve probably heard about couples arguing over what it means to be “Facebook official.”

Although its not really a requirement when you enter a new relationship, there are some who choose to tell the whole world that they’re already taken and there are those who prefer to keep their newfound love more low-key—but can being officially taken on Facebook improve your relationship? Does it even matter?

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According to a study published in Computers in Human Behavior, in the younger generation (they interviewed 170 undergraduate college students), the "people who posted their relationship status on Facebook were more likely to feel more committed and invested in the relationship than their peers who didn’t declare their status” and are said to be “more satisfied, committed, invested, and with lower perceived relational alternatives.” 

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But, at the end of the day, it’s still your decision if you want to disclose your relationship status to all your connections online, authors of the book Flirtexting: How to Text Your Way into His Heart Debra Goldstein and Olivia Baniuszewicz actually suggest not to do it since it “protects you from social media breakup.” Imagine having to explain to all your friends (or worse, curious acquaintances) why you and your beau broke up. Ouch.

Not sure how you feel about going Facebook official yet? You might want to read up on these stories: 

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