Facebook Sees The Most New Couplings Sun. Through Tues.

People most frequently list new relationships between Sunday and Tuesday, according to the latest report from Facebook’s data team on patterns in users’ statuses in 2011 and 2010.

And the days surrounding Valentine’s Day and Christmas also see the most changes in relationship statuses:

  • February 14: 49 percent more new relationships than break-ups;
  • February 15: 22 percent more new relationships than break-ups;
  • December 24: 28 percent more new relationships than break-ups; and
  • December 25: 34 percent more new relationships than break-ups.

Now these dates might not necessarily be when relationships get started but rather when they get serious enough that people involved want to tell everyone about it.

Perhaps supporting this is the following tidbit from the data team’s blog post on the topic:

Sometimes changes to relationship status are meant to be in good fun. The fifth biggest day for a net increase in relationships was April 1st, or April Fool’s Day, which saw 20 percent more relationship initiations than splits.

But unsurprisingly, many of these appear to be short-lived: April 2nd was the year’s most extreme day in the other direction, with 11 percent more break-ups than new relationships.

Readers, do these patterns jibe at all with what you see among your friends on Facebook?

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