Facebook Knows When You'll Get Dumped
Nov 4th, 2010
Thanks to Facebook, we can now predict when we're going to get our hearts ripped out and stomped on. Metaphorically, of course.
A British author named David McCandless ran a study on more than 10,000 Facebook status updates . . . searching for the words "break up" or "broken up" . . . to figure out the time of year you're most and least likely to get DUMPED.
Here's what he found.
The period in mid-March, right around SPRING BREAK, has the highest number of break ups . . . apparently people like to go into Spring Break single. The only dip in the mid-March break-up numbers is on St. Patrick's Day.
TWO WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS also has the highest break-up numbers.
McCandless thinks maybe that's because people don't want to sit through family gatherings and holiday parties with someone they're ready to dump, so they wait until the last minute and finally pull the trigger. Or . . . they don't want to have to buy a gift.
CHRISTMAS has the fewest break-ups of any day on the calendar. AUGUST and SEPTEMBER are the months that, overall, have the fewest break-ups.
MONDAYS have more break-ups than any other days. That could be because people finally end things after a bad weekend. Time