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Facebook claims it can predict the impending demise of a relationship

Updated: Wednesday, October 30 2013, 05:42 PM CDT

You're about to get dumped, and you have no idea-- but Facebook does!

A new study by Cornell University and Facebook suggests the social network can predict how healthy your relationship is.

Researchers got insight from more than a million Facebook users.

The yardstick used to measure a relationship was something the researchers called “dispersion” -- or how well a couple's mutual friends are connected.

Researchers found that a couple with a "low dispersion" -- or when the couple's friends are well-connected on the site -- are 50 percent more likely to end the relationship over the next two months than a couple who has a "high dispersion" or connections to different groups of people. 

So, in simple terms: the study suggests people in the healthiest relationships have their own lives and friends.

The findings will be presented at a conference on social computing in February.


Facebook claims it can predict the impending demise of a relationship


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