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AI Uncovers Likely Secrets Behind Relationships That Make Them Successful
By Mikelle Leow, 30 Jul 2020
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In this Black Mirror-esque world, it almost comes as no surprise that there’s now an AI designed to predict relationships that are lasting and secure.
Researchers from Western University believe they have created the first systematic machine learning-based model that studies relationship satisfaction. Their new study involves AI scouring through 43 datasets of information about 11,196 couples to look for patterns in successful relationships.
While people have an inkling that “satisfaction with romantic relationships has important implications for health, wellbeing, and work productivity,” it’s difficult to crack down on specific predictors of relationship quality, Western Psychology professor Samantha Joel described. Maybe AI will help.
What might come across as surprising to some is that the algorithm discovered individual associations of partners, such as their satisfaction for life and their income, are less relevant in determining if a romance turns out to be successful.
Instead, the AI found the perception of your other half being wholly committed in the relationship to be the most reliable predictor in the longevity of your bond.
This is followed by appreciation for one another, sexual satisfaction, perceived partner satisfaction, and conflict.
So, don’t be too conscious that personal differences like upbringings or salaries might affect your connection, as it turns out that relationships truly require two hands to clap are more influenced by your dynamics.
Joel explained, “Relationships-specific variables were about two to three times as predictive as individual differences, which I think would fit many people’s intuitions. But the surprising part is that once you have all the relationship-specific data in hand, the individual differences fade into the background.”
This is not to say that the smaller details won’t add up. A popular science-based “golden relationship ratio” suggests that for romantic bonds to stay solid, there should be five positive interactions for every negative one between partners. These can include a compliment, favor, or a hug.
[via TNW, cover image via Shutterstock]
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