It might be possible to tell from looking at Facebook whether a relationship is going to last, researchers say.
And, they add, clues on the social-networking site may reveal whom you're dating even if you don't broadcast your relationship status.
In a recent study, Lars Backstrom, a senior engineer at Facebook, and Jon Kleinberg, a computer scientist at Cornell University, started off with this question (PDF): "Given all the connections among a person's friends, can you recognize his or her romantic partners from the network structure alone?"
To determine the connection and potential romantic links, the researchers created a new measurement they call "dispersion." They define dispersion as "the extent to which two people's mutual friends are not themselves well-connected." … Read more