Six Things Facebook (Thinks It) Knows About Your Love Life

By Sarah Scoles | March 20, 2015 1:24 pm

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Facebook is watching you, collecting data on your every interaction and feeding it to their data scientists, who are hungry for correlations. But you know that, and you accept it as the price to live in the modern world (you probably even know that Facebook is manipulating you).

And Facebook’s data-science team is particularly interested in your romantic life. They’ve been watching you hook up and break up and, according to a recent presentation by Facebook employee Carlos Diuk, they’ve noticed a few things about you.

But, keep this in mind: these findings are the result of private and proprietary number-crunching, circumventing the normal procedures that let scientists call their output “science.” More on that in a minute.

So without further ado, six things Facebook thinks it knows about your love life:

1. Matchmakers have more friends than the people they’re introducing—73 percent more. (Matchmakers are people who introduce two of their friends, who later become a couple.) And those friends are more disconnected. Matchmakers’ networks include lots of people who aren’t friends with each other. The way I choose to interpret this: matchmakers have to diversify their interactions, so as not to overwhelm any single one with their aggressive extroversion and statements about who would be perrrrfect for whom.

2. In the lead-up to a relationship, the online interactions between two people ramp up like the first hill of a Six-Flags coaster. But then, once the deal is sealed, the number of communications drops “precipitously,” just like the roller coaster does. Positive interpretation: The happy couple are spending all their time talking offline. Negative interpretation: No more wooing is necessary; ergo, no more wooing occurs. The “tone” of the communications, though, is more positive, on average, than it was before they became an item.

3. People are somewhat willing to date people of different religions, but when it comes time to put a ring on it, chances are they’ll be settling down with a member of their own creed. “If you’re 23 and married, you’re likely to be of the same religion,” Diuk says. But if you’re 23 and just courting, that’s not the case. After all, nobody wants to snooze through Mass alone.

4. The average age gap between coupled men and women grows with the man’s age. From the male angle, an older dude is more likely to have a young girlfriend than one his age; a young man is likely to date someone close to his own age. This comments on itself, as does this further tidbit: In countries with more gender equality, the average age difference is much smaller.

5. The length of a relationship strongly correlates with the likelihood that relationship will continue. According to a Facebook Data Science blog post about this result, “About half of all Facebook relationships that have survived three months are likely to survive to four years or longer.” And, as Diuk says, “If you’ve been in a relationship for one year, the probability that you’re going to split goes down by 80 percent.” What this finding doesn’t address: At what point do people declare their relationship to the Facebook Timeline? “Three months” of online linking probably means much longer in the carbon world.

6. When you break up with someone, your friends interact with you more. Whether their communication involves sharing a Spotify playlist of breakup ballads or commenting on yet another selfie of you at the club (“looking for hotties”), true friends come through, virtually.

The Facebook Universe

Those are interesting data points. On the other hand, it’s worth taking a second to consider where this data comes from. As Sara Watson writes in The Atlantic:

It may be true that Facebook offers one of the largest samples of social and behavioral data ever compiled, but all of its studies…only describe things that happen on Facebook. The data is structured by Facebook, entered in a status update field created by Facebook, produced by users of Facebook, analyzed by Facebook researchers, with outputs that will affect Facebook’s future News Feed filters, all to build the business of Facebook. As research, it is an over-determined and completely constructed object of study, and its outputs are not generalizable. Ultimately, Facebook has only learned something about Facebook.

Facebook’s research doesn’t have to go through peer review. Facebook isn’t accountable to ethical review boards. The results don’t have to be reproducible or generalizable. They don’t have to lay out their methods, or their data, for scrutiny (and, in fact, they won’t do that, even in anonymized form). All they have to do is make a few Excel plots, publish a blog post, and voila — the Internet “knows” its six-month relationship is going to foreva.

Is that science? Nope.

Social (Network) Science

Data scientist Pete Warden also commented on Facebook’s number-crunching on his blog:

If a sociologist tells you that people in Utah only have friends in Utah, you can follow a web of references and peer review to understand if she’s believable. If I, or somebody at a large tech company, tells you the same, there’s no way to check. The source data is proprietary, and in a lot of cases may not even exist any more in the same exact form as databases turn over, and users delete or update their information.

So if it’s not science, is it just business? How will sniffing out correlations — romantic or otherwise — help Facebook make more money? Or perhaps the real benefit is the gee-whiz publicity that comes from making big pronouncements about sex and soccer fans, even if those pronouncements come from biased datasets and veiled research.

If Facebook, or any other “big data” company, released its grip on their data and teamed up with academics (as companies like uBiome do), they could legitimately answer interesting scientific questions in a rigorous, long-lasting way.

In the meantime, don’t count on your six-month relationship. It seems a little rocky to me.

 

Image by Anton Watman / Shutterstock.com

 

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  • jeri0942

    I left my office wo­rk a­nd since then I have a profit of eighty five bucks each h. Wondering how? I am freelancing online from my home! My old job was bad for me ,s­­o I made a decision to take a chance with something different… After two years…I can say in great confidence it was the smartest decision i ever made! Let me show you what i do…—>

  • Angelina Ballerina

    In other words, Facebook is that kid we all knew in high school but only talked to when we needed something from them.

    • I-RIGHT-I

      No, Facebook is the kid that ratted you out to the vice principal.

      • http://blogs.100horses.net/ Bob Grumbine

        quite a bit worse than the kid who ratted 4 year old me out to the criminally thieving one room schoolhouse “teacher” who stole the only four nickels that I had in the entire world (they were intended for buying a children’s book at a nearby store just after school let out in 1948). What $FB has been doing since 141219 is publishing in plain sight of their criminal cronies in the financial fraud industry (several of whom are major stuckholders) that confidential personal information which is almost universally used as PASSWORDS by financial account holders. Felony violation of the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act. Reported to the toothless Federal Trade Commission, complained about to $FB itself, nothing done months later, ultimately had to demand that they DELETE MY ACCOUNT.

        • http://www.gamecrisis.com/ Game Crisis

          You need a hobby

        • I-RIGHT-I

          It would have been nice if you could just have signed up and shared and visited with your friends and family but noooooooo. You’re account is deleted maybe but your information is still in their pocket.

          • http://blogs.100horses.net/ Bob Grumbine

            You suppose that during my more than seven years on Fascist Buch that I allowed important friends or family to be recognizable as such by the always recognizably homosexist pot pushing medifraud attack promoting frauds of $FB. Actually this wasn’t the first felony identity theft situation on $FB. Previously it “appeared to be” a gang of slavery oriented felons from South Africa and the Untied Queendumb who stole my personal photo and created multiple accounts around the world using variations of *my* name and their pilfered personal photo of me. Took weeks for $FB to shut that felony identity theft down even on $FB itself. This time it was blatantly themselves, beginning with criminal hack attacks quite similar to what took down the original “MySpace” web site. It proceeded by turning into the felony publication of confidential personal information. After three months of refusal to discontinue the felonious publication, there was no choice for me but to demand deletion of the account. BTW, just as their lesbian criminal thugs and other malfeasors were called “friends” on $FB, I have been recognized certain places as a “Friend of Facebook” LOL, it fits within $FB’s definition of “friends”.

          • HoldenMonaro

            your not paranoid Bob, they really are after you.

          • http://blogs.100horses.net/ Bob Grumbine

            in some senses “for good reason”. During my years on Fascist Buch I was actively opposing consumption of the brain and liver lethal toxic chemical alcohol, aggressively opposing the tortures maimings and murders of American citizens by medifrauds, knowledgeably opposing the distribution of the socially destructive poison marijuana, objecting to their abusive violation of their own “community standards” to push homosexual object rape con dumbs against heteros, and a variety of other quite distinctive “un Facebook like” communications. So I can’t even be certain that the felony distribution of my confidential personal information wasn’t exclusively *personal* in nature since I’m not one of their privileged screenshot takers whose attacks began a week or so prior to the 141219 beginning of the felony violation of the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act. Yet it is something that other potential victims can verify for themselves simply by looking at their own Profile Pages to ascertain whether that confidential personal information, used as PASSWORDS all but universally by financial intermediaries, is also being disseminated about themselves.

          • HoldenMonaro

            you would probably gain a bit more credibility if you stopped using the childish made up names. plus trying to fit in some big words doesnt make you seem intelligent when you use them in the wrong context.
            sorry but your post just comes across as the rantings of a paranoid lunatic.

          • Lina cole

            That does not apply to me!

          • LadyB

            LMBO sooo true dude! Something is wrong with him

          • Lordflako

            Bob you ok??

          • http://blogs.100horses.net/ Bob Grumbine

            moreso than when the criminal hack attacks began a week or so before 141219. At least now I have “hope” that the felony dissemination of my confidential personal PASSWORD into all of my financial accounts may be eliminated by the DELETE MY ACCOUNT procedure at Fascist Buch. As $FB well knows, I have no choice in the matter of what financial intermediaries insist on using as a PASSWORD. So in these days of rampant felony identity theft, $FB’s felony violation of ITADA was an action I couldn’t ignore. For the sake of any others similarly impacted, I do hope this DisQussion is seen by them and checked out to verify whether they too are being imperiled by $FB’s criminal actions.

          • https://www.facebook.com/EMOparadise.hell aldewicht

            I’ll be ready to wear my silver plating suit that I took from the kitchen. *scoff*

      • Chasity Jeffers

        Lol

        • Kingawan0

          OPES

        • https://twitter.com/Mohamed_Eliaan MOHAMED MAHMOUD HARB

          You’re cute. Want to get to know each other?

          Let’s face it: you’re sexy.

    • mocanic

      More like the drug dealer who knew all your likes, dislikes and shares.

      • duchess sophy

        well said .i agree

    • IsraelsEnemy

      Sad scenario and picture of society

      • duchess sophy

        you’re israel enemy ,you are my friend .

    • humann

      lol Angelina, that’s a woman thing huh. I bet you still do a lot of that.

    • disqus_YtHXq4k7n9

      Sad… that’s the society we live in. “If you don’t have something for me, screw you”.

      • duchess sophy

        yes…. :(

    • macdonald hill

      whwt do you really mean Angelina?

    • KATENDE HILLARY

      THAT IS THE GAME OF A TEACHER PEEPING AT THE STUDENT’S TO GIVE IT TO THE OTHER ONE

    • sema nur

      I wish to be as Facebook links to the site , although the EU

      • https://twitter.com/Mohamed_Eliaan MOHAMED MAHMOUD HARB

        Let’s face it: you’re sexy.

        Like the note says, I just wanted to break the ice.

    • hazmat48

      oh ,other one of those’s girls . lol

    • https://www.facebook.com/EMOparadise.hell aldewicht

      Spot on, lol. Although it feels like Facebook is really the one, that would copy every single information of others because he or she isn’t anything special. A child with many faces and many personalities. Just to make it long story short, the “child” is a drama queen who wants severe obsessive attention with a rock heart disorder.

    • Chasity Jeffers

      Don’t you People think Facebook causes to much Drama! Everyone is Always in your business….

      • Kingawan0

        HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHM YOU SAY GOOD

        • Chasity Jeffers

          WHAT?!

          • sepp leenen

            hey

          • Chasity Jeffers

            Hello

          • Chasity Jeffers

            What’s up

          • CHOCOLOCOBANGOCHE SQUAD

            BABY U FINE CAN I EAT THAT BOOTY

          • sepp leenen

            Je bent een mooie Vrouw Je bent een mooie Vrouw

      • sepp leenen

        wen can i see yo

      • sepp leenen

        Je bent een mooie Vrouw

    • Kingawan0

      OPES REALLY

    • LadyB

      Ur name is EVERYTHING!

    • kekee

      กีกี้ คับ ใจเย็นๆ

    • Rj Univers

      thats so true

  • Gail Jacqueline Mrs Gray

    I am not going to return to Facebook they were rotten as i was banned and blocked me 5 times some one hated my Michael Schumacher photo albums. it is a website i do not recommend.also i ran 6 schumi fanclubs and they hated my photos there as well.

    • A Cat

      *MEEOW*

      • Gail Jacqueline Mrs Gray

        Thank u A Cat.

      • Gail Jacqueline Mrs Gray

        Thank u A Cat.

    • Gail Jacqueline Mrs Gray

      Thank u everyone, i am glad to here some true feedbacks about Facebook. I miss my true friends on there. but Disqus seems a better place, i am happy on here.

    • https://www.facebook.com/EMOparadise.hell aldewicht

      I think Facebook is a Schumacher hater or probably one of those “I hate you so much that I love you” kind of creeps or the “I want to kill you so no one will be able to kill you, you’re all mine. No one is allowed to have pictures about you”. LOL

  • Suzanne

    “falsebook”…

    • elayne mcowen

      Yes I agree with you

    • http://stuffblackpeopledontlike.blogspot.com/ Mr. Roger’s middle finger

      I’ve never understood facebook.

      Perhaps because I’ve always been a geek and I’ve had numerous websites all on my lonesome without the need of a ‘third party’.

      I absolutely loathe all of the facebook/twatter crap. To me it’s just SPAM.

      • Suzanne

        I completely agree!

        • Lina cole

          I can’t really get to grips with Facebook

      • Gail Jacqueline Mrs Gray

        I agree Mr.Roger’s middle finger

      • https://twitter.com/Mohamed_Eliaan MOHAMED MAHMOUD HARB

        Hola. Que tal?

        Love your photos. Got any more?

    • BRANDY

      “I’m going on holiday/vacation today my home will be empty for you to steal my property-book”
      Why do people share this information?

      • Oma Micheal

        Because they have no home.

        • BRANDY

          That’s because they’ve told everyone they are on a vacation, when they come home the home had been stolen.

      • Lina cole

        Yes, why do people do that? Or else tell all and sundry that their parents will be away and they have the house to themselves.

        • https://twitter.com/Mohamed_Eliaan MOHAMED MAHMOUD HARB

          You’re cute. Want to get to know each other?

  • bucketnutz

    Facebook and twitter are the two best tools for Law enforcement in the last twenty years.

    • victoriouswoman77

      And divorces. So attorneys love it as well. Dumb people talking to their lovers on FB!!!!

    • Gail Jacqueline Mrs Gray

      I disagree bucketnutz.

      • bucketnutz

        Probably because you aren’t a criminal

        • Gail Jacqueline Mrs Gray

          I am not a criminal bucketnutz but facebook banned me and i done nothing wrong.

          • bucketnutz

            They did you a favor. The Government is usin FB as a data mining tool and Law enforcement can track your location and your associations. Social Media is evil.

          • Gail Jacqueline Mrs Gray

            Thank u for the advice bucketnutz.

    • Lina cole

      How’s that then?

    • briteness

      You actually want more people in jail? In America, we already got over 2,000,000 convicts, paid for by the taxpaying schlubs. America has enough trouble with the prison industry already, although it does provide a lot of jobs.

    • Don Lockwood

      How true, I’ve found people I’ve taken to small claims for rent, where they work, where the hang out, also use it to screen potential renters and employees. It’s amazing how stupid people are to put their whole lifestyle and intimate details on the internet.

      Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense.

    • https://www.facebook.com/EMOparadise.hell aldewicht

      Awesome sarcasm :)
      Even if you have that point, Facebook still allow creeps being creeps, but righteous people like me, who see pages that shouldn’t even exist like gravure or naked chicks with illicit sexual links are allowed to roam around whilst pages like *for example* “Save the animals” with pictures of adorable animals getting caged gets removed by Facebook.

      Why waste my time? I am actually happy they banned me, even though I didn’t do anything wrong, it’s unnecessary stress, if only I could work in Facebook haha

      • bucketnutz

        Banning you was the best thing they did for you. Cataloging your life and your associations in this public forum is not a good thing in many ways.

        • https://www.facebook.com/EMOparadise.hell aldewicht

          lol I disabled my account, because I am tired of the website, are you saying it is is bad to express my opinion about facebook?

          • bucketnutz

            No your opinions are fine, it is personal information and associations that are being monitored.

          • https://www.facebook.com/EMOparadise.hell aldewicht

            So? We’ve been monitored since we entered the 90’s till 20XX

          • bucketnutz

            But why help them?

          • https://www.facebook.com/EMOparadise.hell aldewicht

            Help who o.o
            I am a selfish person who thinks about myself ha ha ha.
            If I help others, it’s for my own pleasure.

  • Ninja

    Hi

    • Debra Cirotti

      FB privacy settings are appalling. I use “settings” for want of a better word!
      Am thinking of deleting my account now, which I only use to get info on my daughter & grand children.
      Keep an eye on your pictures!

      • Samplename

        sample!

      • Ninja

        Cool

      • Gail Jacqueline Mrs Gray

        Thank u Debra, they have taken my research and my Michael Schumacher photo albums.

      • Lina cole

        Yes, about the picture of grand children or your children if they are young. Got an email from someone some time ago warning us to be careful about putting their photos on F.B.

        • Debra Cirotti

          Thank you. I’ve been trying to retrieve my pics for a long time.don’t post ANY pics anymore or even posts. I went to my picture apps settings & completely blocked apps from backing up photo’s! I believe that it all starts there. (By the way, it didn’t work). Sorry about the way this post wound up (not my errors).

  • G.O.M.D

    Bobby Bushey “Facebook is the devil”

    • Gail Jacqueline Mrs Gray

      Thank u G.0.M.D

    • duchess sophy

      devil him self

      • Brittany Murphy

        Hi

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05662166089680819191 Nu Mil 3 Design

    In my opinion Facebook collects personal data mainly for the purpose of matching targeted FB paid advertising to FB users.

    • http://odilonvert.com odilonvert

      Yep. That’s their aim. And without your consent. So if you’re not into being marketed to 24/7? Not a place for you. (not sure who’s into being marketed to 24/7…)

    • Gail Jacqueline Mrs Gray

      I agree Nu Mil Design.

  • Eagle1000

    Just stop using it –that’s it, its not a necessity , I have never used it
    they get rich because of people and then they treat them like subjects that they can meddle with

    • Gail Jacqueline Mrs Gray

      Thank u Eagle1000 i have.

    • Lina cole

      I can never understand how people on it say they have 100 or whatever friends. Would they be there for you if you needed them?

      • dagobarbz

        People you never met aren’t friends. You may like ’em, you may enjoy sharing interests with them, but they’re not your friends. Fans, well-wishers, fellow travelers maybe.

        But ‘friend’ sounds happy and shiny, where ‘acquaintance’ makes you sound like an antisocial weirdo. So they went with friends. I wonder if any of mine have even noticed I’m not there any more?

  • http://www.CorradoG60.com Neil

    FaceCROOK. I absolutely hate the site. As a web dev I can’t stand it, horrible design, terrible coding, designed purely around growing ‘Pages’ and ‘Groups’ to stuff with more advert space.

    And FB has created a lot of ‘Internet dummies’ who think that the other 1.2 billion websites don’t exist.

    People who think they have a ‘Website’ just because they have a ‘page’ or ‘group’.

    People who don’t realise that half the things that page admins post are links to their WEBSITE, not just an opportunity to click a ‘Like’ button.

    People who don’t actually understand basic Internet etiquette and safety.

    Facebook becomes the point where all your users/customers sit looking at pictures of food and silly meme’s all day…and your page is just lost in all the meaningless drivel percentage wise.

    My advice. Don’t lose focus on your websites, keep original and fresh content on your websites and don’t link every single page, article, item on social media. Let the ones who are interested do that for you. Otherwise your pages will become dormant/repetitive and all while you’re website could be concentrated on.

    ///Rant over!

    • Debra Cirotti

      Agreed.

    • dagobarbz

      I am readjusting to the internets without FB. In the 90s it was all forums, websites, IRC and newsgroups. Comes now Facebook and you no longer need to have your comments over here, and your pictures over there, and your friends emailing you. Everything in one package, only…

      the package is watching you.

      • http://www.CorradoG60.com Neil

        That and the ‘package’ is sporadic, random and uncategorised. In fact to an extent it is categorised, a page about ‘What did you have to eat today’ is…well, about that particular subject, but nothing can be categorised like it can on a forum which can be much more ‘Niche’, well laid out, informative and more community like.

        Ah the good old IRC, newsgroups and MSN chat rooms. I got banned from LOTS of those back in the day lol (Many years ago now/Giving my age away a little).

        I still own my very first PC (Fujitsu siemens) that I used to use back then believe it or not…It was all new and exciting back then.

        • dagobarbz

          My Amiga sleeps on a shelf in the basement. Can’t quite bring myself to take it to the e-waste collection site.

    • duchess sophy

      absolutely agree aaaaabsolutely agree with you sir .well said ,thank you so much god …that people like that still exist on earth …(so happy ) :)

    • http://claimaccountfee.co.uk Anna

      Yeah that is true. Traffic on site is valuable and very often big players just don’t want to share it

  • ɴүкɸтүɴ

    FB is free for the users. Like many other sites. They have to make money somehow. I don’t find it so strange…

    • http://odilonvert.com odilonvert

      Except that they didn’t start out like that. And somewhere along the line, they kinda told their users after the fact, which for some reason for some people, privacy apparently doesn’t matter because hey, it’s free. Hello? Privacy doesn’t matter anymore for free products? What is wrong with people? I guess at least here in the U.S., people are so comfortable they kinda forgot that privacy is one of the pillars of this country. Really, really insane.

      • ɴүкɸтүɴ

        Each one must take care of his privacy. Each one knows what to tell or not. No one cares normally about his account’s configuration.

        FB is free but noone said it wasn´t business. Come on, everyone that has a FB account is supposed to be adult. ¿Did anyone read the terms and conditions, data policy and cookie use of FB?

        This article makes me laugh.

        • http://odilonvert.com odilonvert

          Follow the lawsuits against Facebook and privacy in Europe and the US happening right now. You’ll see what the law thinks about Facebook’s argument about terms and conditions.

        • Lina cole

          Agree with you. I tell no one anything.

  • http://www.gamecrisis.com/ Game Crisis

    Only use it for work now, setting up clients with their own pages for their businesses. Deleted all my friends except for my wife, so I’m finally “personally’ done with it. It is packed with drama, and fake “friends”.

  • rhzszm

    This is all leading up to Web 3.0, wherein bots participate in place of real people.

  • In search of a Japanese Wife

    Facebook knows about my love life, lol, they have no idea.

    • http://stuffblackpeopledontlike.blogspot.com/ Mr. Roger’s middle finger

      Well, the royal ‘we’ all know now that you’re in search of a Japanese wife. Ya goof. ;p

      • In search of a Japanese Wife

        Lol, you and facebook are even it seems. Here is $1 for a donut for your middle finger @changetip.

        • http://stuffblackpeopledontlike.blogspot.com/ Mr. Roger’s middle finger

          NOM NOM NOM!

          Thank you, sweet cheeks!

    • Lina cole

      Are you holding out on us?

  • victoriouswoman77

    I only used facebook to find old friends. I didn’t want anything else to do with it. After that I closed the account. I saw kids, as well as adults (guessing of course) giving out info that could lead to some very dangerous situations. I didn’t want to know what my kids and their kids were doing. The one time that I said something they got mad at me, so I left it alone. They paid the price and now they don’t speak to me, talk about shooting the messenger. Maybe they should have been watching their own kids, huh?

    • http://stuffblackpeopledontlike.blogspot.com/ Mr. Roger’s middle finger

      Facebook still follows you even if you delete your account. How the heck they do that is beyond my capacity to believe.

      I have all of my browsers set to delete cookies after I exit. I’m baffled by Facebook’s NSA type shizzle.

      • http://www.CorradoG60.com Neil

        The problem is that your account is never actually deleted. (Only deactivated as far as viewing/using the website).

        Any and all information they had from you, is all still there in their databases. Sad but true unfortunately.

        • http://stuffblackpeopledontlike.blogspot.com/ Mr. Roger’s middle finger

          A bit off-topic but should be duly noted is that if you don’t include a robots.txt on your website specifically denying waybackmachine from archiving your website, you are up a proverbial creek without a paddle.

          Just a heads up for those of us who own websites.

          • Lina cole

            Too technical for me, I’m afraid.

        • duchess sophy

          Have you ever had facebook Neil ?

          • http://www.CorradoG60.com Neil

            @disqus_WcWEUs8rf6:disqus Unfortunately yep. And I recently had to ‘Reactivate’ my personal account to defend my Sister on there.

      • victoriouswoman77

        Most of the info they asked for and I gave is false. And I have not returned. Whatever they have on me is minimal and Google has a billion percent more. I’m not worried about it. If it’s about my love life then there really isn’t anything to worry about, nonexistent, Thanks for the heads up though.

      • https://twitter.com/Mohamed_Eliaan MOHAMED MAHMOUD HARB

        You’re hot. What do you do for fun?

    • Gail Jacqueline Mrs Gray

      Well done victoriouswoman77

    • Lina cole

      AND some of the language people use on there, particularly young people but not them exclusively.

      • victoriouswoman77

        I was appalled at the things I read on there. Anyone could read that filth and they just didn’t care. Yeah, I had better things to do and places to be than this pit.

  • dallasplowboy

    It’s just a big getting with someone else/dating site. It certainly does give the verbally gifted unlimited opportunities, however, you could do likewise prior. So it’s a wash.

  • Non Natsumi

    *finish reading*GOOD THING I DON’T HAVE A FACEBOOK!!……..My mom always told me that facebook is a false and fraud…but my friends always said to me “Non, make a facebook. I want to add you at my friend list!!” and then I replied “I don’t know how to make facebook?!”………even though my brother have teach me how to do it….but the facebook just don’t want me…….*sigh*”fine, I give up. I don’t need a facebook!!”>:
    and then I find this ‘facebook knows your love life’ after I’ve finished reading this I said to myself…..”thanks mom, I love u!!”>v<

    • Gail Jacqueline Mrs Gray

      Thank u Non Natsumi.

      • Non Natsumi

        you are welcome? ;)……….

    • duchess sophy

      yeah …I totally agree with your mom .,she raised you up so well..thank god there are still people like your mom ..this is the right way beleive me :)

      • Non Natsumi

        hehe thanks CX…I’ll always love my mom, to me my dad is my superman and my mom is my hero!!..[:

    • https://www.facebook.com/EMOparadise.hell aldewicht

      You gotta be paranoid, listening to the voices in your head could spare exploiting your private information. But think of it this way, it’s not only Facebook. Because even you didn’t manage to make an account, they still have your information, things that they have that you or your family don’t even know. Like they know the future or something. Like stalkers who would stalk your privacy knowing you know that you are being stalked but they don’t care. Don’t worry about what I am saying, it’s great you are aware of what your mother said, but the “Big Brother” isn’t the only one in Facebook. Make sure to look at the apps you download, there is always a requirement before downloading the app. Always read it, social network is all about betting your information for something “we don’t really benefit from but not really care; because it is merely fun”. I hope you understand what I meant, my explanations are rather hard to understand.

      • Non Natsumi

        U got a point…thanks for giving me some advice…..aldewicht :)

  • http://supercoolfishtanks.com Katie Parsons

    That is so true!

    • Godzilla Fanboy

      Hello there!

      • http://supercoolfishtanks.com Katie Parsons

        hi!

  • David Mowers

    I bet that if Americans at the bottom of the economic scale were to get their credit cards, mortgages, home equity lines, car loans, school loans and business loans from a National Bank that lent only to those with incomes and assets under $150,000.00 we would see this nation drop freebie, Constitutional Rights stomping, services like FB within a year.

    Who needs FB when you have the money to stay in direct contact with your family and friends which is what everyone really wants?

    • http://odilonvert.com odilonvert

      People can stay in touch with their friends for little money without Facebook. People have paid for phone and mail service for years without blinking an eye. Now phone service also comes with texting. Why do you need a Facebook app for that? You don’t. And yeah, we need the equivalent of a phone/mail service for internet connections for a reasonable price – that offers the same privacy afforded to phone (wiretapping laws) and mail (illegal to open someone else’s mail). I’m watching the lawsuits against FB happening in Europe and the U.S. very closely. At some point hoping people will wake up and realize that NOTHING is worth losing their privacy for.

      • David Mowers

        I thought when American taxpayers created the internet, built it through tax breaks for telcos, funded, through DARPA, all the software running it…perhaps, just maybe, we could have something we paid for without continuing to pay for it for no reason?

        • http://odilonvert.com odilonvert

          I wish. I think that was all lost somewhere along the line in the name of the almighty dollar… (as seems to have been the trend for successive decades lately)

          • David Mowers

            I am beginning to wonder if street-people are not what is needed today to correct these trends?

            Common-sense folks who grew up poor.

            People with no achievements in life who prove a moral character.

            Not sell an image but prove they have it.

          • http://odilonvert.com odilonvert

            Morality in business. What a joke. This is why business is regulated by law.

          • David Mowers

            Deregulation is all Republicans talk about because they believe in crime and abuse toward weaker people I suppose?

          • http://odilonvert.com odilonvert

            Well I don’t want to pin corruption by power and money just on Republicans, though they officially tow the line of less regulation by government, and for some reason the conclusion is what – businesses are capable of regulating themselves because hey, man’s nature is basically good and generous. ? But on the other hand, in the name of business, because business is neither good nor bad (as if there were no people behind it), it’s ok to snoop on messages and posts in your social network, previously termed as “private” not public, because selling you products tailored to your profile as compiled by my business without your awareness is GOOD. Getting harassed by advertisers, telemarketers, door to door salesmen, pushy street vendors, everything back to the beginning of marketing is GOOD. Yes, you are not really a person, you’re a consumer of my products, a target, and the better we know how you look, where you hide out in the woods, the better for everyone! Yeah. We really all agree with that.

            This is why I deactivated my Facebook account when they announced that they were officially (who knows how long they were unofficially doing this before) looking at ALL my data so they can siphon it to third party businesses, without the choice of my opting out. ! So what is next, it’s ok for BUSINESS to listen in on my phone calls, open my mail, stalk me in the street? Oh wait, there are laws against that.

          • David Mowers

            The Greeks defined all of this two thousand years ago.

            A society run at the personal whims of people of means is a tyranny and the cause for constant war and killing.

            I agree with you 100%.

            We need a moral revolution in this country.

          • http://odilonvert.com odilonvert

            Indeed. The founders of this country were completely aware of ancient history. They modeled our democracy on philosophical beliefs grounded in reality. I do believe this accounts for the stability of our government and society over the few centuries that we have existed as a nation. What I can’t understand is how absolutely ZERO of our politicians seem to go back to the philosophical foundations our country was built on (they pick and choose from the past and reinterpret it at whim), and denounce what is going on now as anti-American. It totally is. The people from Europe who populated this country initially were escaping from lack of freedom, persecution, aristocracy and its vices. What have we done over time? Rebuilt aristocracy – the only difference is that ours does not have a privileged lineage passed down over centuries. But if we keep going in this direction, it will. We will have exactly what our founders sought to escape and categorically stand against. We will be exactly like every other old country. Just nauseating.

          • David Mowers

            We are heading for destruction.

          • http://odilonvert.com odilonvert

            If we don’t do something about this at some point, yes, our country as we know it will not survive.

            I’m trying to perceive some kind of united movement that works better than Occupy, but I still don’t see anything organized or inclusive enough to drive the point home. This has to be an issue everyone in this country gets protective about, not just right or left or whatever our parties are (seems more right, left of right, and right of right than anything…)

          • David Mowers

            It is a choice between oligarchy or democracy. Since we already have a sort-of democracy which oligarchs are trying to subvert the best way forward is to change monetary policy at the Fed. When the primary national banks failed is was a Que to incorporated them all into a new national consumer bank with a focus on consumers by income and assets.

            Lower incomes, less assets = more and cheaper financial products. You put credit and capital into the hands of the people and they will become enterprising on their own because everyone wants to make more money but Fed interest rates at near zero should set for every mortgage on every home and every home should be mortgaged through the Fed under the national chains folded into it.

            We have system that is backwards. It says if you are weak, poor, inept, unfortunate, unlucky, uneducated then we will punish you financially at every turn with usury.

          • http://odilonvert.com odilonvert

            It wasn’t always this way. The reality of oligarchy versus democracy voice needs to get deafeningly loud – something as seemingly “innocuous” as Facebook is not a vote for democracy. Not our version, as originally conceived, of democracy.

            Argh.

          • David Mowers

            The Federal Reserve is loaning money at no interest to companies who aid the N.S.A. in destroying the U.S. Constitution.

            We are living under a tyranny.

          • http://odilonvert.com odilonvert

            Ah. Therein lies the rub. To think that people get addicted to social networks “because everyone’s there and it’s free …”

          • David Mowers

            News media spent all week last week selling the myth that our lives are so much better thanks to technology that took away our Constitutional rights.

            I cannot wait until all firearms are mandated to have computer security controls.

  • http://www.zacharovphotography.com zalex8783

    soon there will be a potential-relationship list right next to the friends requests. it is interesting and scary at the same time how much fb knows about you by simply you sliding down the feed and pressing like or commenting every day

    • Lordflako

      The simple logic is ,don’t tell facebook about your self,easy.

      • dagobarbz

        You don’t have to. It figures it out from places you visit online, keywords, connections etc.

  • sausalito

    Facebook has to disappear from the Net. They collect everything about each one all over the world. We also know they work together with NSA. The best thing to do is closing your Facebook account

    • Gail Jacqueline Mrs Gray

      I have sausalito thank u.

  • Oma Micheal

    This indeed is part of security.

  • Lina cole

    Interesting! Perhaps they could let me know about my love life, as I seem to have missed out what is happening in it!!

  • KampfZeit1

    What do you expect from a jewish owned and controlled company? It’s far worse than what is being chronicled here.

  • dropenstavxi1977

    hggg

  • davidrayt

    So how is this different from the government?

  • http://www.forced-income.com Kevin Peter

    Lots of student invest their important time on Facebook. And I think Facebook is only helpful for business or business man not normal peoples.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgBpc6fKcLA&list=PLerhkxvnNl0RTH67IVmtRNRhYtkOfsCZ0&index=37 krzysztof oborski

    Ja powiem wam jedno. Jeżeli zaczynacie korzystać z internetu od razu załóżcie że prędzej czy później wasze dane wyjdą na wierzch. Facebook nie ma dobrej marki i dużego zaufania jeżeli chodzi o ochronę danych osobistych. Są też programy które pozwalają je chronić. A przede wszystkim po co udostępniacie swoje zdjęcia, Ja jeszcze nigdy tego nie zrobiłem i nie pokazałem swojego zdjęcia. To też jest sposób. Pozdrawiam

  • Lordflako

    Well am not a big fan of all this social stuff,but I think reading all this comments here make me think the simple thing is ..don’t facebook if you don’t want the world to know your business easy..

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  • Junko Mihori

    That evil Mark Zucherburg and his private facebook army. It is too late for me I have been kidnapped and brain washed to use it. But save yourselves!!!!

    • duchess sophy

      defenetely yeah…did you take off you account in facebook ?

      • Junko Mihori

        No. I never had that problem. But I have always thought facebook to be evil.

  • theclearheadedone

    Psssh, I don’t ever post anything I care about on facebook. Honestly the whole site bores me.

  • Brad Owens

    Facebook has always been a major invasion of privacy though. i didn’t want to be found in the early days so I checked the omit profile from search box, and then they did away with that. Then they did away with not allowing new friend requests. Best you can get id friends of friends only. I only wanted my family members and girlfriend on there. So no surprise that they collect data

  • http://essaymama.com/ JillianMonroe

    Awh… Is it only me who thinks that the point 3 concerning religion does not have any sense?

    • rhzszm

      It doesn’t make any sense to people who have very undeveloped or simplistic moral values.

    • KhubaibAhmedSaqibCricketer

      I LOVE U

    • Darque Wing

      I agree. The author may only be 23 and not experienced the reality.

  • cp

    OMG

  • Darque Wing

    One must use Facebook, but as a tool. Prying eyes will be prying eyes. Spackle over the peep-hole.

  • http://thehybridbeast.com The Hybrid Beast

    Thus the information is there, more or less, but it’s not used correctly? Am I correct?

  • http://beardbros.in/ Malcolm Pinto

    The nerds knew that Big Data would one day get them laid!

  • https://disqus.com ange pascale

    hi angelina

  • http://www.bizjournals.com/prnewswire/press_releases/2015/02/20/MN36981 postitmotley

    Thats really good…

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgBpc6fKcLA&list=PLerhkxvnNl0RTH67IVmtRNRhYtkOfsCZ0&index=37 krzysztof oborski

    Jak tam zamieścisz wiadomości o swojej miłości życia to oczywiście że będzie wiedział

  • Onikel Paul

    hello!

    • Temoin historique

      Hello compatriot,
      Vos êtes
      dans la bonne voie, en choisissant de marcher avec moi. Je ne m’attache qu’a mon
      pays. Dans mes écrits, tout un chacun recevra suivant sa contribution dans le
      développement de mon pays. Je n’ai pas d’état d’âme.

  • Onikel Paul

    Facebook is interesting!

  • Rao

    It is rightly said that we are paying the price for using technology. The price is invasion of our privacy. We should use all these sparingly to stay safe.

  • Melody Barrus

    Proves that you never put anything on your timeline or newsfeed unless you would be willing to say it in front of thousands of strangers. I keep my info , “FOR FREINDS ONLY”. Exactly what the “DEFINITION” of Freinds Only” is, depends on who is describing it. It pays to keep truly private info exactly private! Many people have benefitted from Face Book, many have been destroyed!

  • Sihle Skhosana

    28387742.facebook has a large number of people that are actively engaged, what sort of data are these companies taking

  • https://soundcloud.com/francismaxino FM

    IN YOUR FACE ! book and it its very open text format has led to my sweetheart thinking things are going on that are not while we attempt to maintain a half way round the world from each other romance. I just post crap up that I think other friends will find interesting and for messaging and keeping in touch with old mates and stuff. Photographs, updates on my latest art works and music…it gets ridiculous when not only facebook itself is watching BUT anyone who is your friend…I don’t mind that because I am an honest, open sort of person, BUT, sometimes things you can write can be misinterpreted or made far more than they should need to, particularly by jealous, slightly insecure and distrusting girlfriends. It even went so far as her to completely wipe me off her FB map entirely…so much for social media…I think I’ll avoid it a bit for a while and keep to using the old fashioned telephone instead of emotionally indecipherable quasi-telegraph text expurgations…

  • Kingawan0

    Facebook is very good but bad COSE FRIENDS AWAY AND AWAY FRIENDS NEAR OPES

  • http://subjectsmatter.weebly.com AntonioWestley

    Man I hear polls on that site is used at an all time high just for people to see who they are compared too in life. So I wouldn’t be surprised if they knew these sorts of things about people these days

  • adolfo

    hola

    • Kingawan0

      hola

  • Kingawan0

    hola
    hello hows u

  • LadyB

    Facebook can only know what YOU put out there for them to know

  • roknnagd

    نعم انه الفيس بوك الذي جمع الناس من كل مكان ثانية

  • http://www.shoppingsherlock.com/84107 Nadezhda

    нормально

  • http://www.gocomely.com/ GOCOMELY.COM

    WHY???

  • yaw amoah

    hahahaaa yh…

  • heow

    Type 2 diabetes is preventable through healthy eating and 150 minutes of physical activities a day is that right?

  • heow

    To lose one pound of body weight, it takes a reduction of at least 500 calories a day for seven days. Did you try that yet?

  • heow

    To tip the calorie balance in order to lose weight,calories in should be less than calories out.

  • heow

    Weight gain = calories in are greater than calories out.

  • heow

    Weight maintenance =calories in equal calories out.

  • heow

    Being Active: A Way of Life.We cannot always find new time for physical activity, but we can use time and opportunities we already have to be active.

  • heow

    Small changes in weight can yield big rewards.

  • http://www.bongik.com bongik

    is realy true this,not only fb, google to , same misions collect and manage…

  • Richard Wroe

    hi

  • https://www.facebook.com/TitchIsAByatch Aimee

    Everybody uses Facebook. Not long ago Facebook was making threats to everybody that there account will be deactivated because the database was on overload! i prefer something like Snapchat. None of my photo’s are being looked at by an unknown source (i hope) and your photo’s and story disappears after the time limit! So team Snapchat doesn’t need a massave memory card like Facebook! Also… could i have some comments on my profile please? Need followers and people to discuss my topics with!

  • jayme

    I feel that facebook is public network,where people who suffers from loneliness,people who exposed their private life,private lives of their family,kids and babies that the whole world can leave personally comments.

  • http://www.bloggingspy.com Waheed Mughal

    thanks for this article i read it and found intersting things :)

  • Wm Thomas Capps

    Anyone who seeks someone over the net or on face book I have to question their ability to maintain relationship interaction with other people or so screwed up because of abuse or they are the abuser.

    • Scott Tidwell

      Why do you believe that? My brother and his wife found each other through an internet date site. They have been married for 9 years now. I met my first ex-wife through a cousin and we last maybe 4 years? :/ lol

  • Madison Luckay

    On number 2: Do we really expect two people in a relationship to use Facebook to communicate (For the sake of their relationship, I hope not). All of these were very interesting

  • Raghu nandan

    With a strong pass we think all the data we have in our mail box is secured.. when we know the things we keep secure in our locker is not secure then how can be a fb data secure…how foolish na we al 😛

  • pal

    the matchmaker thing is stupid and will lead to loose relationship, relationships should be constructed between people who completes each-others not people who are identical and shares similarities

  • Scott Tidwell

    wait facebook has a matchmaker now??

  • https://twitter.com/Mohamed_Eliaan MOHAMED MAHMOUD HARB

    for me,Facebook is communication way to connect with family and Close friends .

  • zalycie

    be aproud and hello

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