Facebook Predicts When You're Likely To Get Dumped

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Facebook status updates can be creepy and revealing, but they can also help predict when you're likely to find yourself dumped. Naturally, there's good news and bad news to be found in the data.


David McCandless, the fellow behind some of the stunning data visualizations we've posted in the past, gave a rather fascinating TED talk a while back. And what stood out among all the clever trivia and tidbits about data were the statistics he shared about romances.

Apparently David and his team looked at about 10,000 Facebook status updates and searched for patterns related to break ups. Their discoveries? You're very likely to get dumped on Mondays, right before Spring Break, two weeks before Christmas, and at some point before the summer holidays.

The good news about the whole mess is that it seems that people feel quite bad about dumping someone right on Christmas Day, so you can breathe a bit easier while unwrapping your presents. [Mathias Mikkelsen via Anthony De Rosa via Geekosystem]


Eric Cartman

My Reasoning behind these numbers:

Valentines Day: Your significant other finds out about your 'other' secret valentine

Spring Break: It's spring break

April Fools: Your significant other has no sense of humor, so therefore when you were going to jokingly break up, they really leave

Mondays: Did too many people listen to "Friday I'm In Love" by The Cure? (I doubt anyone will get that)

Summer: I actually don't have a reason here..

2weeks before Christmas: When you realize that your boyfriend hasn't shopped for you yet.. you just leave him..

Christmas Day: There are the nice people who wait until the 26th.. but there will always be those select few a**holes who break the news while opening the 3rd Fruitcake they got