Facebook is doing more than tracking your location and advertising your status these days, itâ€™s being used to predict when youâ€™re most likely to get dumped. British journalist David McCandless took a stroll through Facebookâ€™s status updates, looking for the key phrases â€œbreakupâ€ and â€œbroken up.â€ Like archeologists sorting through tons of mundane garbage, emo poetry and the lastest news in what Aunt Ethel had for breakfast, they scavenged 10,000 updates and came up with some hard facts on when more people suddenly find themselves single.
According to their findings, more people find themselves mateless in the weeks between Valentines Day and Spring break. Couples that clung to each other through that torturous hallmark holiday of romance and chocolate drop kick their partners as the sun comes out, mini skirts reappear and everyone gears up for those summer flings. If you survive the spring breakup, then beware the weeks leading up to Christmas. Given the choice between spending big bucks on the love of their life and hanging out with the in-laws or going solo, a great many folks chose to do the holidays without their significant other.
On the upside, the one day of the year you should consider yourself from break up news is Christmas Day. If these stats are to be believed, then if you survive the hell of the holidays youâ€™re likely safe until Valentineâ€™s Day rolls around again.