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For Those 18-29, 94% Check Facebook After Meeting Potential Valentines & 43% Would Post About Their Breakups

UTICA, NY - Facebook has become a primary means of finding and expressing romance for millions of Americans. Nearly one-half of this nation's adults on Facebook use it to tell the world they are in a relationship with someone. Nearly three-fourths of all Facebook users who are not in a relationship log on to learn about people they want to date. Romance-related uses of Facebook for people ages 18-29 are even greater.

Among those 18-29 who have Facebook pages:

  • 94% of those not in a relationship will either immediately, or within a day or two, check out the page of someone they may want to date
  • 43% would post information about breaking up a relationship
  • 42% of those in a relationship look to see whom their partners' friends are on their partners' Facebook pages

Other results from this Zogby Interactive poll on romance and new technology conducted from January 27-31, 2011 found 43% of all adults and 60% of those 18-29 have told someone they love them through a text message. Only 2% of all adults and 5% of those 18-29 have broken off a relationship via text message.

People are much less public about using Twitter to talk about their relationships, as 7% of all adults who subscribe to Twitter have tweeted something romantic that involves them or their partners.

The survey did not find great differences in how men and women use these technologies in their romantic lives. The largest gender differences were: 49% of women use Facebook to indicate they are in a relationship compared to 41% of men, and 30% of women checkout their partners' friends compared to 20% of men.

According to Facebook, about 30% of its 500 million active users worldwide (approximately 150 million) live in the U.S. Facebook does not provide an age breakdown of its users.

Results about Twitter and Facebook based only on users of Twitter or Facebook.

 

All
adults

Ages
18-29

Men

Women

My Facebook page indicates
I am 'in a relationship' with someone

46%

40%

41%

49%

If I broke up with someone, I would
post the information on my Facebook page

20%

43%

22%

19%

I have tweeted information about something romantic that involves me & my partner

7%

3%

10%

3%

I have broken off a
relationship through a text message

2%

5%

3%

1%

I have told someone I
love them in a text message

43%

60%

41%

45%

 

When you meet someone you are interested in dating, how quickly would you check their Facebook page? (Results are for Facebook users who are not in a current relationship.)

Answer

All adults

Ages 18-29

Men

Women

Immediately

22%

24%

19%

25%

Within a day or two

51%

70%

51%

53%

I would not check
his/her Facebook page

17%

5%

19%

15%

Not sure

9%

2%

11%

7%

 

I check my partner' Facebook page to see whom their friends are. (Results are Facebook users who are in a current relationship.)

All Adults

Ages 18-29

Men

Women

25%

42%

20%

30%

 

The interactive poll of 2,100 likely voters has a margin of error of +/-2.2%.  A sampling of Zogby International's online panel, which is representative of the adult population of the U.S., was invited to participate.  Slight weights were added to region, party, age, race, religion, gender, and education to more accurately reflect the population.

 

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