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    NY Mag: Facebook Knows When You're Going to Break Up

    Researchers from Cornell University examined the social connections of 1.3 million people, a process that helps the social network better tailor users' newsfeeds — but also, it turns out, that can be used to evaluate the inner workings of a romantic relationship. According to the New York Times, research shows that while mutual friends are important, "high dispersion" within a social network is a stronger indicator of a romantic connection. High dispersion means that couples are connected to friends from different parts of each other's lives.  “A spouse or romantic partner is a bridge between a person’s different social worlds,” explained a researcher to the Times. Researchers mapped out users' social networks, and found they were able to predict (pretty accurately) who was dating whom based on incidences of high dispersion. And, conversely, when people who were in a relationship lacked high dispersion, there was a good chance they would break up within the next two months.

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