Facebook: Do's and Don'ts of Online Relationships

03/21/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Facebook is the frat party you dreaded going to in college. You know it's going to be ugly. You know it's going to be creepy. You know you're going to stay way too long or do things you'll probably regret. But you have to be there because, well, everyone else is there and you don't want to be left out of the fun. And, right now, with more of us unemployed than ever before in recent years, this is getting to be one huge frat party.

But, just like a hook-up in the bathroom of Alpha Omega Douchea, Facebook has the power to both build and destroy your relationships. How? Because humans + social networking + the interwebs = idiotic shamelessness. Add to that the fact that the recession is causing us to go out less and go online more, and those evenings you once spent checking the hot spots for a potential mate are now spent on Facebook perusing your connections for hot friends and potential cyber crushes. Just because it's free doesn't mean that the things you do on Facebook aren't going to cost you something.

Before you know it, you're spending hours online uploading "hot" profile pics -- I'm sorry, but everyone looks good when taking a photo of themselves shooting from above -- and crafting what you think are clever status updates. "Teresa Johnson knows it's cold outside but at least I'm still hot. LOL! ROTFLMAO!" Perhaps this will lure love your way or maybe make your ex implode with jealousy? Think again. Really all it does is make you look like an asshole. A sad, un-dateable asshole. But don't feel bad; we've all engaged in profile faux pas and it's not to late to take your online persona from annoying to awesome.

Just follow these easy steps to keep Facebook from wrecking your relationships or from keeping romance out of your real life (aka "reasons why the technology gods invented a delete button"):