What Facebook Discovered About Your Relationships

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You just met her and now you’re posting on each others timelines regularly? There’s a good chance that you could be in a relationship with her soon, according to Facebook scientists.

Before we enter into relationships, or at least before we make them Facebook official, future lovers tend to post more regularly on each others timelines, according to data assembled and analysed by Facebook scientists.

“During the 100 days before the relationship starts, we observe a slow but steady increase in the number of timeline posts shared between the future couple,” writes Carlos Diuk, a data scientist at Facebook.

After the relationship has become official, we tend to slow down our Facebook activity.

“When the relationship starts (“day 0”), posts begin to decrease. We observe 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,” writes Diuk.

Although posts become less regular, Facebook scientists found that they tend to become sweeter and were more likely to include words such as “love”, “nice” and “happy”.

– Via Facebook Data Science



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