There's a strange innocence to Facebook's Secret Crush feature, both in its name and in the way that it functions.
As the name suggests, it's a bit like the playground antics of junior high, where notes are passed and dreams dashed on a regular basis.
It's currently only available in five countries, and the 14 further countries that it's being rolled out to still won't include the US.
Its killer feature is the “Secret Crush”, which lets you signal who in your friendship group you've always been kinda keen on.
Whats Your Price, which is pretty much a dating auction where members to bid and pay for first dates with other users, surveyed over 14,000 of their members to see if the length and success of their last relationship was somehow correlated to how soon they friended the person they were dating on Facebook.
What it found was that 42 percent of respondents who had immediately friended someone after a first date, ended up dating that person for less than a month.
As for those who saw something more long-term, that percentage was 18 percent.
Although a bit surprising, it’s those who friend someone “immediately” after a first date who may mess things up with their impatience.
However, with a string of privacy concerns hounding Facebook at every turn, should we really be letting them know who among our friends has taken our fancy?For them, 42 percent of those surveyed ended up having a relationship that lasted less than a month, only 28 percent were able to manage a relationship that lasted one to six months, and as for those who were fortunate enough to celebrate a one-year anniversary or longer? If you’re someone who likes to friend someone ASAP after a first date, but are looking for something long-term, it may be time to rethink your strategy.Patience is indeed a virtue, but it’s also something that can play a very positive role in your love life.For starters, you can become a bit obsessive checking that person’s Facebook constantly and, because you still don’t know them very well, misinterpret things or get unnecessarily jealous — like how are you supposed to know that the woman the person you're dating is hugging in that latest photo is their sister?There’s also the fact that Facebook reveals certain aspects of our personality, maybe some of which we’re not ready to share just yet.