Nov 2 2010When Couples Break Up, According To Facebook Data. Alternatively, He/She Was Way Out Of Your League Anyway

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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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this is a fundamental misinterpretation of the collected stats. if status updates were the trigger and not the "relationship status" flag, then what you are seeing is when people "tell" other people that they broke up, not when it actually happened.

breakups don't happen on mondays, they happen between friday night and sunday night. people have to tell their family about breakups leading to christmas because they're explaining why johnny or susie won't be attending this year's dinner.

sweet jesus, don't be stupid.

My birthday is September 7, ALMOST the lowest f the year. Almost..

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@9 girl you trippin

What's with all these charts lately? They make my eyes itch.
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I think GW is trying to hint at something to his little lady friend :P

nope im pretty sure that hes killed her and now trying to have an alibie

The spike in april-fools day break-ups are obviously due to long-term couples messing around with their friends.

what an idiot .... people have "break up" in their statuses at the beginning of holidays because this is when the BREAK UP from school.

I am getting married on April Fool's day. I'm not skurred.

what a terrible data collection process.

"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: "

i guess not a whole lot of people say 'spending spring/christmas/winter break up north' but still it's easy to see a problem with their search methods.

They could have much more easily measured the number of relationship status changes from 'in a relationship' to something else, granted that information is probably less public than many status updates

I'm guessing spring break break-ups have something to with swim suits and the bodies that inhabit them

WOW! my birthday season is statistically AWFUL for relationships!

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Wait wait... they searched for the term "break up," and the most common times were during spring, summer, and winter BREAK?

WHAT COULD IT POSSIBLY MEAN?

GW- A friend of mine was shot in the face and left for dead by his ex about 10 years ago, but he lived to testify. Now she's serving consecutive 16 year jail terms for conspiracy and attempted murder. Even if she gets paroled on her first term, she'll just start the clock again for her second term.

Has no one noticed Valentines has been misspelt.......

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