If you want to know what’s going on in society, you don’t need scientists from fancy universities to do research. Just log on to Facebook. With over 600 million users, you can get a sneak peek into how people feel about pretty much everything. So, here are the top findings from Facebook:
- Most people aren’t BFFs with their boss. A study found that 56-percent of North Americans think it's irresponsible to be Facebook friends with the boss. Experts say that even though we spend most of our time at work, we still want to have privacy online. That’s because we don’t want to be passed over for a promotion or fired because of unprofessional photos or posts on our Facebook page.
- Another Facebook finding about society: People in relationships are happier than single people. Facebook execs compared the relationship status of users to their happiness level, by analyzing how positive or negative the user's updates were. Like “Spending a perfect day at the beach.” Or “Friday nights are so lame.” The result? People with profiles that listed them as “in a relationship” were happier than single users.
- Another finding: 85% of women are annoyed by their friends. What do they find annoying? Friends who complain – by posting things like “I have to work this weekend!” They also get annoyed by friends who brag, as in “My handsome husband made me breakfast in bed. He’s the best.”
- You may want to be prepared to get dumped on Facebook. Face-to-face and phoned breakups are the still most common ways for people to split. Statistics show that one in four people have been "dumped" via Facebook, literally when their significant other changes their relationship status to “single.” That number’s growing. Experts say because we’re spending more time than ever online, it feels natural to cut the cord that way too.