Dating services and other marketers of wares that appeal to the newly single, take note: Facebook relationship statuses most frequently go from “in a relationship” to “single” right before spring break.
This infographic from David McCandless’s presentation at TED this past August has been rediscovered by the media this week after Sermo Consulting’s Mathias Mikkelsen posted a note about it on October 25.
I wonder about the extent of any “chicken-and-egg” dynamic here: Were people breaking up most frequently before spring break? Or does Facebook contribute some kind of cyber peer pressure effect here? When you’re debating whether to end a bad relationship, seeing the new availability of a lust object might inspire you to make yourself single. Similarly, someone who is truly dreading having to discuss a breakup can just change their relationship status on Facebook, which we all know does a number on the other person’s feelings.