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A Facebook snapshot of our lives
A New Year’s Eve post by Democracy UK,
a Facebook-supported UK political campaigning initiative, shows just
what a behemoth the online social networking site has now become.
post included a snapshot of just 20 minutes activity on Facebook,
illustrating just how much the more than 500 million members now depend
on the site for interacting with friends and family.
that’s just 20 minutes activity, which gives us an idea of the
unimaginable demands that are being placed on the processing power and
storage capacity of Facebook’s servers.
But the Democracy UK
post also looked at activity in another area. One of the most revealing
pieces of information about any Facebook user – particularly among the
younger set – is their “relationship status.” Facebook gives you quite a
few options here, allowing you to choose between single, married,
engaged, in a relationship, or the always-intriguing it’s complicated.
change of status to single or it’s complicated is often the first
public sign of trouble in a relationship, and such changes have even
been cited as evidence in divorce cases. Based on Democracy UK’s
statistics, there is clearly far more activity in this area than any of
us could have imagined!
Relationship Statuses in 2010
• 43,869,800 changed their status to single
• 3,025,791 changed their status to it’s complicated
• 28,460,516 changed their status to in a relationship
• 5,974,574 changed their status to engaged
• 36,774,801 changes their status to married
the changes to single weren’t quite offset by the changes to engaged or
married, but we can take heart from the fact that it was close!
course, the huge membership of Facebook makes it a perfect barometer of
trends and social change. As the above video illustrates, whether it’s
an international rescue mission or the introduction of a new expression
into our language, Facebook can track our interest to incredible levels
Comment by Tim, posted 1/3/2011, 7:47 PM:
The video and the stats are fascinating. And it kind of shows that there are real people on facebook, saying (sometimes) real things that matter. It's not all nonsensical babble when people are talking about world news, like the Chilean miners.
Tim from SuperTeacherWorksheets
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