Skip to main content
  1. Tech
  2. Gadgets & Tech
  3. Social Media

What Facebook tells us about love

See also

With over 1.3 billion users, Facebook knows a lot about people's behavior and this includes our actions related to love. Last week, the Facebook data science team turned to historical data and pulled some behavioral patterns based on different aspects of love. After all, Facebook is where lovers go to interact when things are well and blossoming. And when relationships go awry, people go to Facebook to receive emotional support from their network of friends. The data doesn't lie and here are some interesting observations the data science team published.

  • In the United States, 86% of relationships are between two people of the same religion.
  • In 67% of relationships, the male is older than the female, compared to 20% where the female is older and 13% where the partners are the same age.
  • About half of all Facebook relationships that have survived three months are likely to survive to four years or longer.
  • When the relationship starts ("day 0"), Facebook posts begin to decrease. Facebook observed a peak of 1.67 posts per day 12 days before the relationship begins, and a lowest point of 1.53 posts per day 85 days into the relationship.
  • Facebook observed a steady regime around the baseline before the day the relationship status changes, followed by a discontinuity on that day with a +225% increase of the average volume of interactions which then gradually stabilize over the course of a week to levels higher to those observed pre-breakup.

For more specifics about the above data, visit Facebook.com/data

Advertisement

Don't Miss

  • Massive
    Ubisoft Massive exclusive: 'The Division', PS4 & Xbox One, Activision to Ubisoft & more
    Camera
    Games Exclusive
  • iPhone
    Get your wallet ready: The next iPhone could cost $100 more than your last one
    Video
    Tech Buzz
  • Civ
    Need to catch up on 'Sid Meier's Civilization'? Here is everything you need to know
    Camera
    Games Feature
  • Google Glass
    See how Google Glass is letting sick kids go to the zoo without leaving the hospital
    Tech News
  • Upcoming
    These are 2014's biggest PS4, Xbox One and Wii U games
    Camera
    Games Feature
  • Google
    Google has filed for a patent to develop contact lenses capable of taking photos
    Video
    Headlines

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!