The Facebook Breakups Chart! [video + infograph]

TED talk is here once again, and it leads to new realizations of relationships… worldwide!

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 — they are the end of many a relationship, 3). People have the decency not to dump their significant others on Christmas Day.” ~ Mashable

Facebook Breakups Chart

The Reactions:

  • This data is useless. “10,000 status updates for the phrases “break up” and “broken up,”” – Hence statuses such as “Finally broken up for spring break!” completely skewing the data around spring break and xmas. Ignoring those, the Monday peaks are interesting. Finally, there simply won’t be many status updates on Christmas day due to people not being around technology as much.
  • I think break-ups don’t peak on Mondays. They peak on weekends, but people don’t mention it until Monday when they get back online and have had a while to process.
  • I like this one, not perfect analysis but none can be.I used to be puzzled by people sharing their marriage status on FB but considering it has become a kind of dating platform, no wonder wee have so much nice data to mine.

So, what do you think? Do you think this visualization is accurate? Do you hope to see more about other relationship related issues?

Looking forward to your comments down below…

Comments and Reactions

  • M.Bamieh

    so we learn from this that the majority of people are cheapskates that hate to give gifts to trysts?

  • Beiruta

    Trust me, I have personally been through this! Don't know if it's just a coincidence or just plain stinginess!

  • Melissa

    I think this article was brilliant. I too love data and believe that it's a living, breathing thing. Well done. :)

  • Anonymous

    It is great thing that face book make a chart of break up.  I never think about this type of graph. Interesting post.
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