Facebook Breaks Down How Many Users are Single Ahead of Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day, only half of us celebrating with our loved one. At least according to Facebook, which now represents one-seventh of the world's population.

On Facebook, which has more than one billion active users, 40.5% of users that changed their Facebook relationship status in 2012 changed to single. In 2012, 29% started "a relationship," while 8% got engaged and 7.6% got married.

7.5% of users choose not to broadcast their real-life relationship status to the world online.

Somewhat relatedly, a recent study discovered that people who spend excessive amounts of time on the network are more socially isolated and more depressed than those who do not. But the researchers admit their study succumbs to the same debate as similar ones before it: do social networks create loneliness in people, or do lonely people just choose to spend more time on social networks?

Just something to ponder while you surf Facebook on Valentine's Day.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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