Wolfram Alpha study of Facebook users details relationship cycles

Men talk more about music, movies, television than women, the research also found

By Loek Essers, IDG News Service |  Networking

Women talk more about family and friends, relationships, pets and animals and more about health after they have reached child-bearing years, Wolfram found. The peak time for talking about school and university is not surprisingly around the age of 20. And in their twenties, people get more interested in talking about their careers and money, according to Wolfram's analysis, which he detailed in a blog post.

Wolfram does not yet know what the data all means or what theories can be constructed from it, he said. "But it feels like we're starting to be able to train a serious 'computational telescope' on the 'social universe'. And it's letting us discover all sorts of phenomena. That has the potential to help us understand much more about society and about ourselves. And that, by the way, provide great examples of what can be achieved with data science, and with the technology I've been working on developing for so long," he said in his blog post.

Loek is Amsterdam Correspondent and covers online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues for the IDG News Service. Follow him on Twitter at @loekessers or email tips and comments to loek_essers@idg.com

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