Your Facebook status can be deadly

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.

Be careful what you put as your Facebook status. A 41-year-old British man was sentenced to 18 years in prison today for murdering his 26-year-old wife after she changed her Facebook status to "single." The woman's parents were quoted as saying, ""We hope that Richardson will be an old man before he's ever allowed out of prison." At least we can all agree on that.

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