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Published on November 1st, 2014 | by Flipside

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Study: 9/10 Facebook events has at least one ironic ‘Maybe’

A study by the University of Edinburgh’s Sociology Department has found that 9/10 events on the social networking site Facebook have one person ironically click ‘Maybe Attending’.

The study found that the ironic ‘Maybe’ was most commonly used in two instances: a) when it was blatantly clear that the person would be attending the event, or b) when the person lived a long way from the location of the scheduled event, and would obviously not be able to attend, despite being very close friends with the host.

In the case of the former, the clicker usually followed up the action by leaving a post on the wall, with words to effect of: “Not sure, will have to check my social schedule haha x”. Data collected showed that such a post would usually garner three or four likes, from individuals most likely groaning and shaking their heads at the computer.

Prof. Elunka Bersen, leader of the survey said: “We’ve discovered that the ironic ‘Maybe’ was first conceived of in 2007. On that occasion, it was almost – not quite, but almost – a little bit funny.”

The study also found a inverse correlation between IQ and the number of times the ‘joke’ was used by an individual.

Ex-EUSA President Hugh Murdoch said: “I often click maybe to events, but it’s cause I literally get invited to every party going, and sometimes can’t decide which one I’m going to until quite late.”

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