The social media giant knows you're seeing someone even before it's “Facebook official.”
During the 100 days before the relationship starts, the site's researchers found a slow but steady increase in the number of timeline posts between two lovebirds. Posts generally peak starting 12 days before the relationship begins, according to the findings.
Timeline interactions start to decrease after the couple labels themselves as an item on Facebook. It's likely because the couple starts spending more time together in person than flirting online, the researchers said.
Though there are fewer posts between people in a relationship, the posts are more positive. The researchers saw an increase in how often words such as “love,” “nice” and “happy” appeared on the their profile compared to how often words such as “hate,” “hurt,” and “bad” appeared.
Whenever a couple breaks up on Facebook, their activity on the site spikes. It eventually stabilizes, but the newly single continue to post to Facebook more often than they did while they were in a relationship.
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