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Facebook Algorithm Can Predict Breakups

Update Date: Oct 31, 2013 09:38 AM EDT

Next time when you are going to break up, Facebook might predict that in prior, a new study finds.

After looking at 1.3 million Facebook users listed as being in a relationship, researchers concluded their study with interesting findings. People who had more mutual friends were more likely to break up. Also those couples were better off who had their own separate, networks of friends.

The study was performed at Cornell University in paper called Romantic Partnerships and the Dispersion of Social Ties: A Network Analysis of Relationship Status on Facebook.

The most popular social media site on earth can easily tell how “connected” a couple are by merely studying their groups of friends.

The team of researchers behind the paper believed that ‘dispersion’, the way friends are linked together, was the way they measured how strong relationships are in their random sample, reported Daily Mail.

“Our measure of dispersion looks not just at the number of mutual friends of two people,”the study says, according to Daily Mail, “but also at the network structure on these mutual friends; roughly, a link between two people has high dispersion when their mutual friends are not well connected to one another.”

They study concluded that people with their own separate networks of friends were more stable and better in a relationship.

The report also suggested that it doesn’t matter how strong the tie to particular friends are, it was more crucial to have a wide range of people in your social circle.

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