Facebook Relationship Statuses Up by 200 Percent on Valentine’s Day

Joanna Stern / ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A scroll through most people's Facebook Newsfeed Thursday likely showed lots of pictures of flowers, chocolates and candies. There’s no doubt it’s Valentine’s Day. But sprinkled among those images, it's also likely there are notifications that some friends are now “in a relationship.”

According to Facebook, Valentine’s Day is the biggest day of the year for letting the Facebook world know about your relationship by adding a “relationship status” to your Timeline. Facebook says that 200 percent more relationships are added on Feb. 14, compared to any other day of the year. Also, more than 70 percent of those people who list their status on Facebook first met on Valentine’s Day.

What Facebook doesn’t have is stats about the most popular time or day to go from being “in a relationship” to “no longer in a relationship.” Virgin Mobile and OkCupid dubbed Wednesday, Feb. 13, “National Breakup Day.” They reported that 59 percent of people said that if they were going to break up with someone, they would do so just before Valentine’s Day to save money.

If that’s true, one would think many people changed their statuses Wednesday, in time for Valentine's Day, or over the last few weeks. But perhaps when it comes to declaring your love publicly on Facebook, it’s complicated.

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