If you're moping around, lonely and dateless this New Year's Eve, you can take heart in a new statistic that proves there are, indeed, plenty of available fish in the proverbial sea: 43,869,800 people changed their status to "single" on Facebook in 2010.
Get on the phone. It's not too late.
Other relationship-centric Facebook facts are also of interest, whether you're settled, hunting, or looking for an escape route:
- 28,460,516 Facebookers changed their status to "in a relationship",
- 5,974,574 changed it to "engaged",
- 36,774,801 changed it to "married",
- and our particular favorite: 3,025,791 Facebookers changed their status to "it's complicated".
But perhaps more interesting than relationship-status changes – that is, if you already have a date for Friday night – are some of the stats about what activities Facebook's half-billion devotees perform every 20 minutes:
- 10,208,000 comments are made,
- 4,632,000 messages are sent,
- 2,716,000 photos are uploaded,
- and 1,972,000 friend requests are accepted.
Check out that last stat, lonely guy: there's hope. 2011 might bring you love, fortune, and fame – perhaps even as great as that of the most-liked Facebook folks: Lady Gaga (24,712,169 "likes") and Eminem (23,729,700).
But if you can't achieve those stratospheric like-levels, don't feel too bad – Barack Obama could only pull in 17,229,885 likers. And even The Most Powerful Man in the Free World™ was outclassed by Vin Diesel (19,425,325). ®