According to an article on NewScientist, the way in which couples communicate with one another online can predict whether their relationship will last or not. The study identified patterns in couples’ use of words like “a”, “will”, “that”, and “am”. According to the study, most couples who matched in their writing styles were still together three months later, whereas those couples whose writing styles didn’t match experienced a 54% togetherness-percentage three months later.
Personally, I have to call the study out on two things not indicated in the article. Firstly, the time duration. Of the 80% that were still together three months after the study, how many of them lasted, say, a year after? I don’t think three months is ample time to deduce the longevity of the couple’s relationship. What if they broke up a week after? On the other hand, what if they stayed together for the next five years? Likewise, in regards to the 54% mismatched couples that lasted the extra three months, I’d like to see more information on how much longer they stayed together after the study. What if of the 54%, 90% of the couples got married? What if the matched couples only stayed together for an average of a few months longer than the writing-mismatches? Forgive me for these jumble-jambles of hypotheses that may or may not make sense.
My point is, three months isn’t long enough to decide which relationships are “destined for success.” After all, it’s not uncommon for people to change partners every three months(?)… You catch my drift.
My second point would be the analysis of the writing styles. This was done by examining the frequency of certain words in a couple’s online chats. I don’t know about you, but if I knew I was going to send some of my online chat log to a research centre to be studied, I wouldn’t exactly speak with my partner as… casually as I normally would. Nor about personal things I wouldn’t want other people to see. Which also brings to light the use of slang. Were the couples asked to chat with one another in perfect english? If so, it doesn’t make sense to me to analyze the symmetry of two people’s writing style if it’s in a style out of the norm to them. What if the couples usually talk in a jargon filled language of “sowwies” and “hunbun” and “cuppiecake”s? (I totally came up with those on the spot, incase you’re wondering. )
Also mentioned in the beginning of the article is the idea that people in happy marriages live “happier and healthier lives than singletons.” Not to say being single is ultimately less healthy, notes the article’s author Catherine de Lange; “divorces can have a serious negative impact on a person’s health.That’s something no singleton ever has to worry about. “(For awhile… or ever, depending on the person). Similarly, “it is better to be single than in a strained relationship.” (The Telegraph)
divorce rates are increasing throughout Canada (Who is spreading this nonsense? They’re not increasing. However people who are divorced are more likely to get divorced a second time.)
So what does that say about person’s overall health condition in relation to a one’s romantic liaison(s)? Canada’s overall divorce rates are going down, but what is it that causes these divorces in the first place? Can divorce rates be lowered? I’m not educated enough to think I have a valid argument in the topic, but in my opinion, idealism has probably led to many disappointed relationships. From Disney to romance novels; to chick-flicks and broadway numbers, people naturally develop their own criteria for a perfect relationship.
But ideals are just that; ideal. They aren’t meant to be realistic, just a dream. Perhaps that is why so many people wind up in disappointing marriages and relationships. We expect our loved ones to do things a certain way, or to understand how we feel wordlessly. We expect that telepathic communication people say relationships are equipped with, or we believe that the person we’ve fallen in love with is indeed perfect and wonderful. Worst of all, we forget that a relationship is not without conflict. We forget that to fall in love with someone is to accept not only their most beautiful and mesmerizing qualities, but also their ugliest and most foul tendencies. Being able to overcome the conflicts and faults you find in a relationship is the best way to make it a thing of benevolence that will enrich your life. It won’t be easy; nothing good ever comes from things too easy. However it can be done, with the aid of good communication, patience, and understanding.
Or you could always get a dog.