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'The Social Network'starts with a breakup -- Mark Zuckerberg's (Jesse Eisenberg) breakup with his girlfriend Erica Albright (Rooney Mara). In the movie, Erica grows exasperated with Mark's arrogant attitude and dumps him. This leads to a long night in which Mark gets drunk, blogs vitriolically about Erica and then invents Facemash, a site that lets users rank Harvard women by comparing photos from the college's dormitory directories (or face books). And this, eventually, sparks his idea for Facebook.
Facemash did exist, and Zuckerberg did invent it while intoxicated in his dorm room. But the angry girlfriend, and the dumping? A fabrication. According to interviews Zuckerberg has given in the New Yorker and TechCrunch, he's been dating the same woman, Priscilla Chan, for about seven years -- since before he founded Facebook. She's currently a third-year medical student at the University of California, San Francisco, studying to be a pediatrician. (The film does depict Zuckerberg enjoying some ... uh, bathroom antics with an admiring Asian-American student he meets in class, but that student isn't meant to be Chan.)
So while the story that Zuckerberg invented Facebook to impress/get over his ex-girlfriend (and win chicks) may make for a good story, the reality -- that he wasn't a spurned, dateless loser but was in fact in a stable and committed relationship -- is much more boring (but happier, of course, for Zuckerberg).
• Photos of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan from Zuckerberg's Facebook Page
• Photo of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan in the Daily Mail
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