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Relationship status on Facebook complicates some lives

Relationship status is one little line in a Facebook profile with infinite pitfalls.

Sacramento therapist Stephen Grinstead has seen it up close.

"It's almost caused a number of divorces," he said.

He cited a couple in which the wife discovered her husband had a Facebook account where he'd listed himself as single.

"With Barbara, they'd been married and she thought they were happily married," Grinstead said. "It was one of those 'Busted!' moments."

The Facebook status options are "single," "in a relationship," "engaged," "married," "it's complicated," "in an open relationship" and "widowed." The online networking doesn't cause cheating, but it can facilitate it.

It has other problems, too — even when no one is trying to be underhanded.

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