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(The Atlantic)   Facebook can predict, with uncanny accuracy, whether or not your romantic relationship will last   (theatlantic.com) divider line 31
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2014-02-17 07:42:15 AM  
Do they base the math on the number of pictures you post making out with your exes?
 
2014-02-17 07:47:52 AM  
If your friends learn about it through Facebook, then it's probably not going to last.

That was easy.
 
2014-02-17 07:51:32 AM  
https://www.facebook.com/notes/faceboo k-data-science/love-and-religion /10152056520123859

I love the way the religion relationships graphs released by Facebook include Pastafarians :)
 
2014-02-17 07:54:01 AM  
The day you post snarky remarks whether targeted or not, and your ex replies back on Facebook, you know it isn't going to last.


/don't air your dirty linen folks, nobody comes out looking good, and depending on how personal the attacks become, your friends might not trust you in not doing the same to them
 
2014-02-17 07:54:54 AM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: If your friends learn about it through Facebook, then it's probably not going to last.

That was easy.


i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-17 07:55:44 AM  
So the happier you are the less you post on facebook?
 
2014-02-17 07:56:56 AM  
Hmm, do I test the butterfly effect on this one...

So, Saturday night I was introduced to a 6 foot tall woman by a mutual friend. We hit it off fairly well, and I told her that if she cleared up her cheatin' husband situation to contact me. Then Sunday she friended me on Facebook and from other activity I can see she read much of my timeline. A timeline that doesn't include some of the stuff you'd only say under an alias, such as being in favor of forced euthanasia of certain defective people.

Now that we're at day one of knowing each other, do I mention this study? Or do I start an Evernote notebook about this and log / chart the interest. Although, now that I look at their so called "study" they have a weak effect size. A better indicator might be the number of messages exchanged directly, but you don't want to let that cat out of the bag.
 
2014-02-17 07:58:17 AM  

dready zim: So the happier you are the less you post on facebook?


No, according to TFA, if you actually see someone in real life, the less you post on facebook.  Something something, "have an actual life" something.
 
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2014-02-17 08:14:28 AM  
I have several photos of my hands on FB, and I'm not ready to give up on them just yet.

™ in fact, now that I'm thinking about it...
 
2014-02-17 08:22:46 AM  
Facebook: Making money off bullshiat data

The avg posts per day drops from 1.67 (single) to 1.53 (relationship)?

Can we say.... not statistically significant?  Who can actually perceive a difference between 1.67 posts/day to 1.53 posts/day?

shiat, Jeremy is posting .14 times less per day for the last two weeks, he must be seeing someone!

Granted, I do agree with the ultimate conclusion: "People in a relationship use facebook less".  However, everyone under the sun already knew that.
 
2014-02-17 08:23:54 AM  
So, really this is a tool for people with Aesbergers' to know when they're about to stumble into a relationship.

Imperical data is useful.
 
2014-02-17 08:29:57 AM  

nickerj1: Facebook: Making money off bullshiat data

The avg posts per day drops from 1.67 (single) to 1.53 (relationship)?

Can we say.... not statistically significant?  Who can actually perceive a difference between 1.67 posts/day to 1.53 posts/day?

shiat, Jeremy is posting .14 times less per day for the last two weeks, he must be seeing someone!

Granted, I do agree with the ultimate conclusion: "People in a relationship use facebook less".  However, everyone under the sun already knew that.


1.)  This isn't about total Facebook activity or posts.  It's about posts between two people who enter a relationship.
2.)  Without seeing the data we can't know if it is statistically significant or not.
3.)  The ultimate conclusion you are agreeing with was not made.  They never addressed total Facebook use, they only found a decrease in posts between the dating couple.
 
2014-02-17 08:31:54 AM  
Ha,  jokes on you FB,  I'd need to get a date first!

/even then my sparse use of it wouldn't change.
 
2014-02-17 08:35:16 AM  
What about the couple who starts posting daily updates and photos about their coupledom after they start a relationship?

"Mike and Lily are going to the park today!"

"Mike made Lily eggs for breakfast.  mmmm!"

"Lily and Mike's dog Flufkins are BFF's!"
 
2014-02-17 08:43:27 AM  
Uhhh, so can I.

It is unlikely to last. Period.
 
2014-02-17 08:43:53 AM  
Unless Facebook is watching my porn usage without permission (which it probably is, let's be honest), they're still gonna be wrong.
 
2014-02-17 08:44:52 AM  
I personally find that it's more difficult to type on those little smartphone keyboards while I'm humping like a crazed weasel.
 
2014-02-17 08:50:47 AM  
I was alone at my local dive bar a while back. I like listening to everyone else's conversations when I do that. One lady broke up with her boyfriend because he took three hours to accept her friend request on Facebook.
 
2014-02-17 08:57:27 AM  

AngryTeacher: I was alone at my local dive bar a while back. I like listening to everyone else's conversations when I do that. One lady broke up with her boyfriend because he took three hours to accept her friend request on Facebook.


Sounds like he dodged a bullet in a big way.
 
2014-02-17 08:57:32 AM  

nickerj1: shiat, Jeremy is posting .14 times less per day for the last two weeks, he must be seeing someone!


Well, that's an average of 2 fewer posts per fortnight.
 
2014-02-17 09:24:19 AM  
Facebook Timeline:

10:17pm: Wow!  just got her panties off!
10:19pm: Entering her now!
10:21pm: Wow!  That was fantastic.  Best orgasm I've ever had!
10:22pm: Why she so pissed?!?!?
10:23pm: Standing outside her apartment with my clothes scattered about me.  Confused...
10:25pm: Going to grab a cheeseburger and a beer
 
2014-02-17 09:24:27 AM  
I'd like a list of whom it might work with. Can you do that FB? Otherwise STFU.
 
2014-02-17 09:27:44 AM  
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Facebook doesn't even know who I am!
 
2014-02-17 09:41:21 AM  

nickerj1: Facebook: Making money off bullshiat data

The avg posts per day drops from 1.67 (single) to 1.53 (relationship)?

Can we say.... not statistically significant?  Who can actually perceive a difference between 1.67 posts/day to 1.53 posts/day?

shiat, Jeremy is posting .14 times less per day for the last two weeks, he must be seeing someone!

Granted, I do agree with the ultimate conclusion: "People in a relationship use facebook less".  However, everyone under the sun already knew that.


Exception: New mothers.

Nobody posts more, because Facebook is silent entertainment while the baby sleeps. Plus "Omg isn't that cute my little angel shat everywhere!"
 
2014-02-17 09:56:17 AM  
I have a policy of not being facebook friends with people I date. It's surprising how some women take offense to it.

I am friends with people I have dated in the past, and man that has come in handy for the "he dumped me, come over and watch a movie" messages. Yes indeedy.
 
2014-02-17 10:45:31 AM  
 Ironically their metric is how much you don't use Facebook.
 
2014-02-17 11:23:27 AM  
Well, since they save something you typed and DIDN'T post...  it would only be fitting that they take into account "hidden messages" of people flirting with others behind their "significant other's" backs.these algorithms take into account how long you've "been in a relationship" and divide by the number of girls you flirt with.

or something like that.
 
2014-02-17 12:04:03 PM  

tiamet4: What about the couple who starts posting daily updates and photos about their coupledom after they start a relationship?

"Mike and Lily are going to the park today!"

"Mike made Lily eggs for breakfast.  mmmm!"

"Lily and Mike's dog Flufkins are BFF's!"


I was thinking what about couples who aren't friends at all prior to dating? These numbers include 100 days before "starting a relationship". If I meet someone new, it's usually a few dates in before adding on Facebook and so wouldn't relate to their sampling at all here!
 
2014-02-17 12:17:25 PM  

AngryTeacher: I was alone at my local dive bar a while back. I like listening to everyone else's conversations when I do that. One lady broke up with her boyfriend because he took three hours to accept her friend request on Facebook.


I would have to call shiat off if you had a fb page.
 
2014-02-17 12:20:57 PM  
I dunno if my girlfriend has FB, maybe ill ask her when she gets back to town.
 
2014-02-17 01:20:34 PM  

groppet: I dunno if my girlfriend has FB, maybe ill ask her when she gets back to town.


Is she from Canada?
 
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