A leading data journalist has taken to Facebook to analyse the status updates of 10,000 members to create a pictures of the times during the year when couples are most likely to split.
David McCandless collected the data and created a graph to display his findings. The finished product was revealed for the first time during a TED lecture in Oxford this week.
According to the data collected from Facebook updates, the number of break-ups peaked during the Spring Break, the week long holiday for US college students, and the two weeks leading up to Christmas. However, Christmas Day itself saw the fewest relationship splits than any other day of the year.
It may be a day to celebrate your love, but Valentine’s Day is also responsible for breaking up a large number of couples. The lead up to the summer holidays is also a danger time for relationships as couples may be feeling the urge to be free and single when the sunshine comes out.
Monday was also found to be the day when a relationship break-up is most likely to be announced, presumably after a bad weekend with the other half.
For those of you who do end a love affair on Facebook, the social networking site has now modified their “photo memories” feature to ensure no painful pics of you and your ex in happier times pops up on the side of your page.