Infographic: How Facebook Affects You and Your Relationships

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Last year was not a good year for dating, apparently. It was alright for me and maybe it was alright for you, too. But overall? Not so great. How do we know this? We monitor Facebook, because it's far larger -- and probably more revealing -- than any sample we could put together. Last year, 31 percent of Facebook users changed their relationship status to single and only 24 percent changed it to say that they were in a relationship.

That information, and a lot more about the state of dating and relationships around the world, was presented by Online Dating University in a recently-released infographic that we find strangely compelling.

Infographics are always a bit of a hodgepodge of statistics culled from a variety of sources. Here, we sort through the clutter and pull out some of our favorite facts and figures:

  • The five countries with the highest percentage of users reporting a relationship status are the United States, South Africa, Iceland, the United Kingdom and Canada.
  • Jordan has the largest percentage of Facebook users who report their relationship status as single.
  • Finland has the greatest percentage of Facebook users reporting that they're in a relationship of any kind (in a relationship, married, etc.).
  • About 60 percent of Facebook users set a relationship status on their profile. Of those, 37 percent are currently listed as single, 24 percent are in a relationship, 31 percent are married and five percent are engaged. There are some other options, too. Among them: in a civil union, separated, it's complicated, in a domestic partnership, divorced and widowed.
  • Spending too much time on Facebook can make you acutely aware of your love interests' posts. Overanalyzing what every post means to your relationship can lead to feelings of insecurity.

Check out more Infographics on the Technology Channel.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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