“It’s not uncommon in these circumstances for the more private individual to feel pressure to change their status for fear of not appearing loyal or committed to their partner or the relationship," Ikka notes.
Resentment can build, she says, and the private person may let that spill over into real-life interactions with their partner.
"It's usually a sign of bigger problems," Ikka adds.
Avoid this friction by discussing what works best for both of you, even if that means the more open person lists a status and is understanding if the more private partner doesn't.
7. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO HEAR FROM A NOSY OR AGGRESSIVE EX
Want to nix any opportunity for your ex to get back in touch, troll around your profile or hunt for more infomation about your new relationship? Then consider keeping your status set at a lower volume.
Showing you’re in a relationship can be an invitation for exes to peer into your current love life, Ikka says.
“Although nosy exes always have their offline ways of determining your relationship status, putting your relationship status on Facebook -- especially if you are naming the person you’re in the relationship with -- only encourages 'stalker'-type behavior and may prompt them to attempt to sabotage or disrupt your new relationship," she warns.
Those who are in the process of divorcing may also want to avoid displaying their relationship status, especially if they’ve begun seeing someone new.
“If you are in the process of a separation or a divorce, it might not be a good idea to draw attention to your relationship status for the benefit of any children involved, especially if they are on Facebook, and to protect yourself throughout any court proceedings.”
8. IF YOU HAVE OVERBEARING PARENTS
Have parents who are anxious for you to get married or just be partnered up?
Stating that you are in a relationship could give your “parents false hope, further fodder for offline marital pressure, and render them an even greater annoyance as well as promote unnecessary involvement in your personal life,” Ikka warns. Keep in mind, “even if they’re not on Facebook, they will find out…and FAST!”
9. IF YOU'RE NOT UP FOR EXPLAINING COMPLICATED CIRCUMSTANCES
Although it might be tempting to select the "it’s complicated’ relationship status, Ikka advises against it.