When Couples Break Up, According To Facebook Data. Alternatively, He/She Was Way Out Of Your League Anyway

November 2, 2010


Note: Larger version available HERE in case you're trying to pinpoint how popular your birthday is for breaking up.

I don't know about you, but I've never been broken up with. Shot and left for dead, sure, but never broken up with. The few times it almost happened I tricked the girl/dino into giving it another shot, and then broke up with her the next day. Haha, works like a charm! Well, at least until they start smashing your electronics and beating your car with a rake. Womens.

A very interesting data visualization from infographic wizard David McCandless is making its way around the web, depicting the most common times a year that people break up -- via Facebook status updates.

McCandless whipped out the chart during a TED talk this past summer. Apparently, he and his team scraped 10,000 status updates for the phrases "break up" and "broken up," and made the following discoveries: 1). A ton of people break up before social occasions like Spring Break and the summer, 2). Mondays aren't just the start of the work week -- there're the end of many a relationship, 3). People have the decency not to dump their significant others on Christmas Day.

That chart is really fascinating and all (I didn't actually bother looking at it), but I can already tell you when most people break up. The day one of them finds out the other is cheating. Also a popular date for gun-related deaths!

Facebook Status Updates Tell the Story of Romance Gone Awry [mashable]

Thanks to Shenanigans, who's convinced half of his friends create fake profiles for their significant others even though they're imaginary and everybody knows it. F*** that's sad.

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