Researchers may have developed a test to predict whether you and your partner are on the express train to Breakupsburg, population: you guys.
Used to assess racism and bias, this diagnostic
relied on more science-y word association/reaction, as opposed to asking couples about their feelings.
"But the difficulty with [a feelings-based test] is that it assumes that they know themselves how happy they are, and that's not always the case," said researcher Ronald D. Rogge of the University of Rochester. "To make things worse, a lot of people don't want to tell you if they're starting to feel less happy in their relationship."
Over 200 volunteer lovebirds took the test, in which they had to give their partner's first name and two words they associate with him or her. After free-associating words about their partners, subjects looked at a monitor showing positive words ("peace," "sharing"), negative ones ("tragedy," "death"), and the words they used to describe their S.O.s.
Each went through two rounds of tests. First, volunteers were asked to hit a button when they saw positive words and ones about their partners. They then had to do the same thing, only with negative words and words about their partners.
According to researchers, subjects who performed better when able to lump words about their partners in with the negative were more likely to split "over the next year."
Sad, but logical.