From “i love you babe” to “leave me alone” - romantic relationship breakups on twitter

Venkata Rama Kiran Garimella, Ingmar Weber, Sonya Dal Cin

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Abstract

We use public data from Twitter to study the breakups of the romantic relationships of 661 couples. Couples are identified through profile references such as @user1 writing "@user2 is the best boyfriend ever!!". Using this data set we find evidence for a number of existing hypotheses describing psychological processes including (i) prerelationship closeness being indicative of post-relationship closeness, (ii) "stonewalling", i.e., ignoring messages by a partner, being indicative of a pending breakup, and (iii) post-breakup depression. We also observe a previously undocumented phenomenon of "batch un-friending and being un-friended" where users who break up experience sudden drops of 15-20 followers and friends. Our work shows that public Twitter data can be used to gain new insights into psychological processes surrounding relationship dissolutions, something that most people go through at least once in their lifetime.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages199-215
Number of pages17
Volume8851
ISBN (Print)9783319137339
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event6th International Conference on Social Informatics, SocInfo 2014 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 11 Nov 201413 Nov 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8851
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Other

Other6th International Conference on Social Informatics, SocInfo 2014
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period11/11/1413/11/14

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Keywords

  • Breakups
  • Relationships
  • Twitter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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Garimella, V. R. K., Weber, I., & Cin, S. D. (2014). From “i love you babe” to “leave me alone” - romantic relationship breakups on twitter. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 8851, pp. 199-215). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 8851). Springer Verlag.