Facebook can predict the amount of social media action you will have with your significant other before and after your relationship begins. As part of its series about love, the company’s data science department decided to discover hose couples interact before and after their relationships start.
The network’s data scientists explained in a blog post that, as the “courtship” period of a relationship begins, “messages are exchanged, profiles are visited, posts are shared on each other’s timelines.” This increases over time until the two people change their status from “Single” to “In a relationship.”
The scientists studied a group of people who went from single to in a relationship. They discovered that during the 100 days before the relationship is “Facebook official,” there is a slow, steady increase in the number of timeline posts shared between both parties.
When the relationship begins (at least on Facebook), the number of posts begin to decrease. The peak is about 1.67 posts per day 12 days before the relationship is made official. The lowest point is 1.53 posts per day 85 days into the relationship. While there isn’t a way to see what the reason for the decrease is, Facebook’s data scientists suggest it is because online interactions have given way to more interactions outside of the internet.
However, the decrease isn’t really a bad thing, as the scientists note that the posts begin to get sweeter and more positive, with more words like “love,” “nice,” and “happy” being exchanged. The data was compiled using anonymized and aggregated Timeline posts exchanged by couples around the world. The scientists only used data from couples who declared an anniversary and were “Single” 100 days before and “In a relationship” for 100 days after the anniversary date.
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