The 22-year-old University of North Texas senior received a Facebook request from her new beau after a kiss.
"Our generation is much more open with these types of things being on the Internet, Facebook and My Space," Shinn said. Users just want other users to know more about them and see who they are, Neal said. "I have no clue why people are so free to be so open on Facebook," Pestinger said.
Thanks to the main page's "news feed," which keeps tabs on everyone a user has listed as a friend, users can see every change their friends have made to their account, including up-to-the-minute reports on whether couples are still together.
Little red broken hearts appear next to a user's name if he or she recently went from "in a relationship" to "single." Chris Neal, 20, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, said listing relationships online solidifies the commitment.
"I wanted to be able to put multipeople" on the relationship status, she said.
"Not for polygamy or anything, but for multiple dating." She said she started her group for fun after realizing the default statuses listed on Facebook don't fit every relationship. Since we don't have any shame in anything, we don't hide it." Majka said she thinks people are so free with their personal information on Facebook and My Space because it's a form of self-expression.