Twitter Hurts Your Dating Game

This morning, OkCupid's Christian Rudder pulled together 10 infographics and charts about sex just for the hell of it. "It is our goal today to create graphics of similar concision and power," Rudder wrote, referencing "the map that made a nation cry," an infographic that shows Napoleon's failed 1812 invasion of Russia, "but about something more useful than war -- sex. All the data below, even th most personal stuff, has been gleaned from real user activty on OkCupid. Some of it our users told us outright by answering match questions; some of it we've had to learn from observation."

One of the most interesting things to come out of the charts is how Twitter is correlated with our sex lives. "Frequent tweeters have shorter real-life relationships than everyone else, probably via some hack," Rudder joked. "Unfortunately, we have no way to tell who's dumping who here; whether the twitterati are more annoying or just more flighty than everyone else." (Emphasis is original.)

The chart, reproduced below, shows that, while the romantic relationships of frequent Twitter users don't end much sooner than non-Twitter junkies (only about a month or so on average), the correlation is consistent across all age groups. The chart, which also shows clearly that romantic relationships tend to last longer for older couples, was built using data collected from more than 800,000 OkCupid users.


The other Twitter-based chart included in Rudder's 10-chart sex round-up shows that frequent users of the social networking service (those who use it at least once a day) are more likely to "masturbate today." "If someone tweets every day, it's 2-to-1 that they're #ingthemselves just as often," Rudder wrote. "Like the 'shorter relationships thing, this is true across all age and gender groups." The findings were based on a sample of about 21,000 OkCupid users between the ages of 18 and 24.