According to the Facebook study, “on married users in our sample, the friend who scores highest under this dispersion measure is the user’s spouse over 60% of the time.” So be warned, Hinge cheaters — you may be able to hide by tweaking your Facebook account settings for now, but the algorithms are coming for you.

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A 2013 Facebook-run study showed that the company could figure out who the most important people in your life were — including your romantic partner — by analyzing the way you interacted with people through Facebook, an effect it called “dispersion.” As I wrote in 2013: This metric measures how well two people’s mutual friends are interconnected.

It’s a departure from previous “embeddedness” models, which counts the number of mutual friends two people have in common.

(Tinder denies the figure is accurate.) Hinge, a popular dating app that connects users to friends of their Facebook friends, had a similar problem. The latest version of the Hinge app will pull self-reported data from Facebook into Hinge users’ profiles.

After digging through data, Hinge’s researchers found that 1.6 percent of their users were married or engaged. If your Hinge match has set his or her relationship status to “married,” “engaged,” or “in a relationship,” that information will now show up to potential matches.

Testing if the experience is gender-specific, I coax a female colleague (see right) into signing up to a rival site. On a separate account, posing as a woman, I get chatting to a male user.

She emails me moments later: “I haven’t even finished setting up my bio and I’ve been ‘favourited’ twice.”I vow to get proactive. ” and take an indiscriminate copy-and-paste approach. I reveal I’m a journalist and he is happy to discuss his experiences.Millions of adulterous users of the website Ashley Madison – which bills itself as a dating site for married people – have spent this week worrying about having their membership and their cheating secrets revealed after a group calling itself Impact Team hacked into their profiles.Some commentators have rejoiced in what they see as a deserved comeuppance for those who have been indulging in digital infidelity, while others argue the users are victims of a grave breach of privacy.We’ve all met one — the married person who’s moonlighting on Tinder or Hinge as a single looking for love.Just last week, a survey showed that roughly 40 percent of people using Tinder were already coupled up.Dispersion hones in on people who span diverse parts of your life, but who don’t fit nicely into siloed, well-defined categories like coworkers, college classmates, and dance buddies….