Web App Turns Facebook Data Into A Marriage Countdown
Find out if it's time for you to get engaged in the run up to Valentine's Day.
Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no way around the fact you will have other people’s lives shoved in your faces thanks to the magic of Facebook. As it turns out, the social media platform can actually be quite a good predictor of significant live events, in this particular case, when you will get married. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, TIME has created an app that analyzes your Facebook feed to provide you with a psychic reading of when you might end up engaged.
TIME’s online crystal ball uses the median age of your married friends to figure out whether you are already “past your prime,” or if there is still time for you to find the perfect partner. For the sake of keeping things simple, “married” refers to anyone who lists his or her relationship status as “married,” “engaged,” “in a domestic partnership,” or “in a civil union.”
There are plenty of factors that could throw the prediction off by a few years, such as people who got married but decided not to share that fact on Facebook, along with people way outside your own age range. That being said, the tool is meant to be more fun than anything else, so don’t be too worried if it tells you it’s time to tie the knot, especially if it’s the last thing on your mind.
Don’t be afraid to try out the tool for yourself.