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Facebook Study Finds When Breakups Likely Occur

In this social networking world we live in, the pain and awkwardness of breaking up is no longer just shared between your closest confidantes, it's shared with your hundreds of Facebook friends or, depending on your privacy settings, 500 million-plus Facebook users as soon as you change your relationship status from "in a relationship" (or worse, "engaged") to "single."

But thanks to all this easily accessible information, we have studies and infographics like this one from David McCandless, who with his team pulled data from more than 10,000 status updates to find out what time of year couples are most likely to break up. According to this data, breakups are on the rise right now up until two weeks before Christmas, when I guess people are too busy getting into the holiday spirit (or maybe flights have already been booked and gifts bought?) to break up. Then promptly after Christmas, the day with the least amount of breakups, comes the steady uptick to the Spring break(up) peak.

This info seems pretty accurate to me, but I know a lot of people whose breakups aren't immediately made public on Facebook, and/or they've disguised the change by deleting their account altogether or hiding their relationship status. I wonder if this study took those loopholes into account?


What do you think? In your experience, does this data seem accurate?


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watereatsrock watereatsrock 6 years
My bf and I (I guess ex now) Broke up 2 weeks ago, last year we did almost the same thing, broke up around thanksgiving got back together in march, sounds accurate to me!!!
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
When I went through a breakup a couple years ago, it happened the first day of December, which is one of the highest marks on that chart.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
I've joked for ages that "boyfriend season" is from February 15th to October 30th. If you don't have a boyfriend before then: you're not getting one. My thinking was that no one is going to do the holiday thing unless they are serious. And only after valentines day is there a "holiday free" period.
Carri Carri 6 years
Before I was married, I always seemed to date someone from the beginning of the year to the end. January brings a need for change and by the end of the year, you're sick of them.
Angelica Angelica 6 years
I love this data! The day after Christmas is always a little bittersweet — here's to keeping it break-up free.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
I was dumped at the end of August, but I could absolutely see how this would be correct.
AmyGro AmyGro 6 years
So, I guess I'm not the only person to get dumped on Thanksgiving Day.
wolfpackgal wolfpackgal 6 years
Well, I just broke up with my boyfriend a week ago. I still haven't changed it on Facebook because I don't want people freaking out. haha. The other times I've had breakups were in January (which I've heard is the most popular month for them) and September (which I would think a lot of break ups would happen in because of "back to school"). Very interesting though, and coincidental to my life!
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