Worried if your significant other might kick you to the curb? Maybe instead of reading emotions, you should try reading a calendar instead.
At a TED conference in Oxford, England, British journalist and designer David McCandless presented results of research using Facebook that seem to show that certain days and seasons are more popular times to get dumped than others. McCandless and a colleague looked at 10,000 Facebook status updates that mention “breakup” and “broken up.”
They found two big spikes on the calendar for breakups. The first was after Valentine’s Day — that holiday has a way of defining relationships, for better or worse — and in the weeks leading up to spring break. Maybe spring fever makes people restless, or maybe college students just don’t want to be tied down when they’re partying in Cancun.
And let’s hear it for cheapskates. The other big romantically treacherous time, according to the graph, is about two weeks before Christmas — presumably as people begin pricing gifts for their significant others.
Mondays, as if they weren’t bad enough, are the most likely day to break up. Summer and fall look like the safest seasons.
And, possibly showing that some people’s sense of humor is more twisted than others, there’s a spike in breakups on April Fool’s Day.
Apparently fall and summer months are the seasons where the fewest people break up, and Christmas Day is the single day least likely to have a break up.
Well, since fall is coming to an end, you’ll have to excuse me; I need to buy my girlfriend some flowers.