Facebook’s year in review: Crisis makes conversation

When it comes to doom and gloom, Facebook users have a lot to say.

That’s one takeaway, at least, from Facebook’s 2015 Year in Review. To create a list of the most popular conversation topics, the social network looked at aggregate, anonymized data from all of this year’s Facebook posts, and measured how frequently those topics came up. Here’s the global list of most talked-about topics:

  1. US Presidential Election
  2. November 13 Attacks in Paris
  3. Syrian Civil War & Refugee Crisis
  4. Nepal Earthquakes
  5. Greek Debt Crisis
  6. Marriage Equality
  7. Fight Against ISIS
  8. Charlie Hebdo Attack
  9. Baltimore Protests
  10. Charleston Shooting & Flag Debate

That’s a lot of war, death, and tragedy. But the trends weren’t all so negative. Looking at just the United States, the Super Bowl and Star Wars: The Force Awakens managed to sneak onto the top 10 topics list. And in terms of places discussed, Americans loved to talk about theme parks (with Disney properties topping the list), national parks like the Grand Canyon, and landmarks like Times Square.

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