Facebook 'knows' when you will get dumped
Published 04/11/2010 | 14:19
An analysis of more than 10,000 Facebook relationship status updates has shown that around Valentines Day and Easter time are the times when most couples split up.
David McCandless, a British journalist and graphic designer, analysed 10,000 Facebook status updates before figuring out the two peak times of the year when people tend to get dumped by their partners.
Famous for displaying data in a visual manner, McCandless, who is also the author of Information is Beautiful, first displayed the graphic at the annual TED conference in Oxford earlier this year. However, the graphic has gone viral over the last few days and garnering a lot of attention online.
His research, based on public Facebook data, found that there are these two big spikes in the year when people were most likely to break up with their boyfriend or girlfriend. However, there was also a spike two weeks prior to Christmas.
The research also showed another spike around April Fool’s Day, after people jokingly split with their partners and that Monday was the most common day of the week for break-ups to be announced via Facebook.