Sex: Relationship patterns are revealed by Facebook Data Science

Posted by Katherine Marrone on Monday, Mar. 4 at 10:00 am.

Are there certain times of the year when relationships flourish and certain times of the year when relationships suffer the most? Facebook Data Science certainly says so.

Using U.S. Facebook data from 2010 to 2011, Facebook Data Science looked at the ebb and flow of relationships during the year. By keeping track of the changes in relationship statuses of its users — the change from “Single” to “In a Relationship” for example — they were able to determine the dates in which most people got together, and the dates in which most people broke up.

For instance, the results show that there are 49 percent more new relationships than breakups on Valentine’s Day, 34 percent more on Christmas Day, 28 percent more on Christmas Eve and 22 percent more on the day after Valentine’s Day, while the fifth biggest net increase in relationships, with 20 percent more relationships beginnings than endings, was April Fool’s Day. April 2 was the day with the highest number of break-ups in the year — 11 percent more breakups, to be exact.

With this data, we can also see which months and days of the week most people are getting together. The summer months, for example, had the lowest number of new relationships, while February is the month with the most.

The study also shows that Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are the biggest days for people entering relationships, while more break-ups occur leading in to the weekend, with high numbers on Thursday and Friday.

While it is interesting information, it’s not exact. The information does not account for those who do not change their status from “Single” to “In a Relationship” and instead hide their relationships status. Plus, not everyone shows their relationship status on Facebook in the first place.

However, for all it’s worth, it’s still interesting to see the patterns of when relationships begin and end.