Facebook released new findings on Valentine’s Day that tells when two people are about to change their relationship status to “in a relationship.” In about 3 months or roughly 100 days before a couple updates their status to make their relationship official on Facebook, Facebook monitors a steady increase in the number of posts posted on each other’s Facebook timeline.
It turns out that if two people have been” Facebook official” for more than three or more months, they are likely in it for the long haul. Initially Facebook only looked at couples who declared a specific anniversary date and not only those who changed their relationship status between April11, 2010 and Oct 21, 2013 and remained “single” 100 days before and “in a relationship” 100 days after that date.
Facebook looked at words expressing positive emotions – such as “love” , “nice” and “happy” – compared to ones with negative emotions (“hate” , “hurt” and “bad”) to predict the status of two people. The study focused exclusively on relationships that have lasted at least three months and whose members are at least 23 years old. The study excluded those people who had their status as “married”. Here is a graph showing the probability of a relationship surviving to certain duration for relationships lasting three months or longer.
The study also looked at people who broke up, and they found out that relationships are most likely to end in summers as compared to winter and other seasons. Reason behind that may be the academic calendar year, which draws people away from current lovers and to other lovers or flings. All this study leads to predicting the relationship status of two people which if you look at it is just common sense but needs a lot of hard work.