200 Days of Love

During the world’s most romantic week of the year, Carlos Diuk one of the data scientist posted a blog displaying formation of love in other words 200 days of love.


With over 293,000 status updates in every minute on Facebook, there will be thousands of people falling in love and updating their relationship statuses on Facebook and with valentines on head this number can go even higher, so it’s not completely wrong to say that love is on the Facebook wall.

I have always struggled to be in any relation with anyone and seeing such a massive number of people being happy with another person make me feel envy. On the most romantic day of the year Facebook data science released a blog displaying couples behaviour of 100 days before and after they update their relationship status from “Single” to “In a relationship”.


After studying the sentiments of couples and relationship courtship on Facebook, Writer Carlos mentions that once couples makes their relationship official the posts exchanged between them tends to fall and he presumes that couple spend more time together and have more real time engagements than online.

The post clearly backs their statement with hard core data of 200 days for love.

During the 100 days before the relationship starts, we observe a slow but steady increase in the number of timeline posts shared between the future couple. When the relationship starts (“day 0”), posts begin to decrease. We observe a peak of 1.67 posts per day 12 days before the relationship begins, and a lowest point of 1.53 posts per day 85 days into the relationship. Presumably, couples decide to spend more time together, courtship is off, and online interactions give way to more interactions in the physical world.

We can clearly see the fall in Post Exchange from the day of commitment and there can be endless reasons behind it, like some prefer to keeps things in private, others like to spend more time cuddling each other and some might feel no need to impress their partners but the point remains the same.


Whereas in other graph which show that there is a high growth in sentiments after the day 0 of relation which concludes that even if the number of posts has gone down the sentiment of peoples post has been better. Writer also mentions that –

For each timeline interaction, we counted the proportion of words expressing positive emotions (like “love”, “nice”, “happy”, etc.) minus the proportion of words expressing negative ones (like “hate”, “hurt”, “bad”, etc.). The following graph shows the proportion of positive over negative feelings being expressed in timeline posts before and after the beginning of a relationship. We observe a general increase after the relationship’s “day 0”, with a dramatic increase in days 0 and 1!”

But this analysis is only based on people who actually updated their statuses from “single” to “In a relationship” which clearly rules out people who are either too shy to share their emotions publicly or other like me who are too complicated when it comes down to relationships.

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