You are not encouraged to announce that you are divorced on Google plus, at least not in your official relationship status. For the first time, Google is asking its users about their occupation, education, places they’ve lived, contact information, and relationship status. The Google plus profile page has a place for you to state your relationship status as well as what you are “looking for.”
If you compare the Google plus relationship status options to the Facebook relationship status options, you’ll notice that on Facebook, you can choose to say that you are “separated” or “divorced.” On Google plus, however, you have the options “I don’t want to say,” “single,” “in a relationship,” “engaged,” “married,” “it’s complicated,” “in an open relationship,” “widowed,” “in a domestic partnership,” and “in a civil union.”
This ignores the fact that 10% of the population is divorced according to the most recent survey information from the US Census Bureau. Google has been criticized in the past for ignoring non-traditional relationships and families. For example, on Father’s Day, the company inserted “Call Dad” reminders into Gmail accounts. Some Google users were offended by this. One user commented, “I’m sure in a Google-designed childhood everyone would be loved, protected, and nurtured to be the best little software engineer he/she can be. However, I don’t appreciate the reminder of my unpleasant childhood and presumption that I want to speak to my father.”
It’s possible Google did not include “divorced” or “separated” relationship status options so as not to remind Google plus users of their unfortunate relationship statuses. Google plus does offer “civil unions” and “domestic partnerships,” though, as legal options for homosexual couples vary from state to state. Facebook only began offering these statuses a few months ago.
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