Can the closeness of the mutual friends of both participants in a romantic relationship help determine the strength of that relationship? A study by Cornell University Computer Scientist Jon Kleinberg and Facebook Engineer Lars Backstrom sought to find out.
Breaking up is hard to do, and according to a study by the University of California, Facebook makes the process even more difficult.
It’s probably not surprising that when Facebook users are 21, most of their friends are also in that same age bracket. It’s also not a shocker to say that men talk about sports on Facebook more than women. But how do trends change over time? Do 30-year-olds tend to talk about health more than new high-school graduates? A highly visual set of data from Wolfram Alpha brings Facebook’s social graph to life, showing how people connect and relate to each other on the social network.
The rumored relationship between golfer Tiger Woods and injured skier Lindsey Vonn is now official, as both sports stars posted about it on Facebook — a rare move for the notoriously private Woods.
People on Facebook love to post about Valentine’s Day — whether it’s talking about how amazing their significant other is, or lamenting the commercialization of Feb. 14. Facebook released an infographic Thursday through Facebook Stories, showing how people are engaging with the holiday on the social network.
For Facebook users who aren’t in relationships right now, but wouldn’t mind hooking up with friends, On the Rebound points out three single Facebook connections who would likely be interested. Taking into account Facebook’s application-programming-interface data, users’ relationship history, and advice from several relationship experts, On the Rebound determines which Facebook friends would be ready for flings.
Did you forget to plan something special for your significant other on Valentine’s Day? Facebook would rather you skip getting a rose from outside of the gas station and instead get your special someone a Facebook Gift. Users who are in relationships have been prompted on desktop and mobile to buy gifts for their partners, and those who are single have been asked to buy gifts for friends.
As Valentine’s Day is Thursday, many are taking a look at how Facebook users share intimate details through the social network. A new study by Abine shows that many people aren’t shy about posting information such as relationship status and sexual orientation.
Bitdefender, an online security company, recently polled some of its customers to see how they’re using a program that’s designed for parents to monitor their kids’ Facebook activity. However, only 23.87 percent of the 1,600-plus participants said they used the program to keep tabs on children aged 13-17. A majority of the women copped to using the technology to spy on their boyfriends and husbands.
It takes only a couple of clicks to break off a Facebook friendship, often causing an irreparable rift in a real-life relationship. Dr. Jennifer Bevan, an associate professor of communication studies at Chapman University in Southern California, wanted to explore this in more detail. She teamed up with two Chapman undergraduate students for a study, discovering what happens emotionally when someone is unfriended.