Because it’s Friday: Love in the land of Facebook

May 15, 2015
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(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Today is my 11th wedding anniversary with my wonderful husband Jay, so it's a love-themed Friday post today. Jay and I met before Facebook was a thing, but we've been touched by the congratulations on our timelines today.

Those timeline posts reveal a lot about you and your relationships, and last year the Facebook data science team published a series of analyses with anonymized data (and done with R, of course) on what your Facebook activity says about your love life. For example, the way to tell if a two people are destined to be a couple (as marked by a joint "In a Relationship" status on Facebook) is to watch for a steadily increasing rate of shared timeline posts:

Relationship posts

After the relationship is declared the rate of joint posts drops off dramatically (as, presumably, the couple is otherwise occupied), but those posts they do share become sweetly sentimental:

Sentiment

Read about other Facebook analyses of relationship status in the 6-part series.

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend, and we'll see you back here on Monday!

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