These Are The Two Most Popular Days To Get Engaged, According To Facebook

by Gillian Fuller

If it seems like all of your Facebook friends got engaged over the holidays, it's because they probably did.

According to new data released by the social media site, Christmas Eve is the most popular day to get engaged, followed by Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Facebook compiled data from more than 2.5 million users in an effort to uncover some of the patterns — if any — associated with modern engagements.

In addition to the most common days to get engaged (or, at least, most common days to announce an engagement on Facebook), the site found that one-third of people get engaged between November and December, and the average age of newly engaged couples is 24.

The social media site analyzed the behavior of those couples to see how their social media activity differs from that of single folks. Some of the observed activity isn't surprising — engaged women tend to 'like' more pages prior to getting hitched (most likely, wedding inspiration pages) — but other data, such as the fact that engaged men send more direct messages than single men on Facebook, is slightly unexpected.

If a whole bunch of your friends got engaged this Christmas, worry not: The average engagement lasts 14 months, so you have plenty of time to save up for wedding gifts. Just remember to put aside some extra cash for those destination weddings — there's a one in four chance you'll have to attend one of those, too.

See the full report over at Facebook.


Citations: Recently Engaged People on Facebook Life Stages Part 2 (Facebook)