The Facebook relationship status has become the online version of the engagement ring. With a quick glance, you can tell if the person whose page you're viewing is single and worthy of an attention-getting wall post, or in a relationship and therefore useless.
Yes, people really pay attention to these things.
As an example, my dog has a Facebook page. A few weeks ago, we were dog sitting and my fiancee changed our pooch's status to "It's complicated." Our little guy immediately got words of encouragement from his friends. In a world where dogs have Facebook pages, perhaps it's time to dial back how serious we all take social networking?
At the very least: Please refrain from killing someone over Facebook. It's no way to drive up your friend totals.