Research has uncovered four patterns, which hint at whether a couple's relationship will end in wedding bells or heartbreak
A new study might just be able to predict the future of your relationship.
The research, conducted by the University of Illinois, claims to have found that there are four distinct committment 'patterns', which hint at the future of a couple's relationship.
Tracking the relationships of 376 unmarried couples in their mid-20s over nine months, the results of the study found that 'committment to wed' can change over the course of time. Well, duh. But the study also identified four key types of 'committment'; which do you and your partner fall into?
Dramatic committment: the couple has many ups and downs and spends more time apart than other types of relationship. Less support from family and friends.
Partner-focused committment: the partner is valued above everything else, although this can alter depending on how much the couple spend together.
Socially involved committment: the couple are influenced by the input of friends, families and other social networks, but there is little variation in terms of strength.
Conflict-ridden committment: the relationship centres around arguments and disputes, but lacks the sharp drama of the 'dramatic committment' couple.
The study found that 34% of the couples tracked fell into the 'dramatic committment' group, with the majority of these pairings splitting during the study.
Partner-focused couples made up 30% of the sample - and were the least likely to split - whilst socially involved and conflict-ridden pairs made up 19% and 12% respectively.
Unsurprisingly committment and stability were listed as key factors to the longevity of a happy relationship - who knew...?