Another article for those of you out there who seek and demand a “scientific” approach to love and relationships are going to love this one. According to a March 12, 2014 article on businessinsider.com, mathematicians have created an actual formula (albeit a confusing one for those of you with arithmophobia).
The less confusing principle is Timing + Communication x Mutual Attraction – Emotional Baggage = Intimacy.
However, many of us have experienced romances where the sums above do add up, but it still did not equate to lasting love.
“Love is frustrating, elusive, intangible. It starts in that sweet spot between intimacy and excitement which is impossible to manufacture and tiring to maintain. Can the algorithms of online dating sites or indeed the long odds of stumbling upon your perfect partner down the local pub ever predict where, when or for how long cupid will strike?”
Although science, nor matchmakers, nor an online dating site can not construct the ideal partner, mathematicians are claiming to have found a formula that predicts the shelf life of love in a coupledom. “Research commissioned by MSN has revealed a new equation that determines the key ingredients to a successful, long-lasting relationship – with factors such as a good sense of humor ranking in importance alongside a person’s number of previous sexual partners.”
According to the 2,000 males and females surveyed, the number trait everyone looks for is wit – apparently that charming banter is a huge hit for both sexes. Other findings showed that 25 percent of both men and women prefer their partner to have had four sexual partners before them (with one in five men till clinging to the traditional belief that they be their ideal woman’s “first”). Studies also showed (no surprise here) that men prioritize looks over intelligence and are twice as likely as women to believe that good sex is important for a happy, enduring relationship.
And so, the “magical” formula: L = 8 + .5Y – .2P + .9Hm + .3Mf + J – .3G – .5 (Sm – Sf) 2 + I + 1.5C (see key below) claims it can determine how long a current relationship can be expected to last.
The formula is explained below:
L = 8 + .5Y – .2P + .9Hm + .3Mf + J – .3G – .5(Sm – Sf)2 + I + 1.5C
L: The predicted length in years of the relationship
Y: The number of years the two people knew each other before the relationship became serious
P: The number of previous partners of both people added together
Hm: The importance the male partner attaches to honesty in the relationship
Mf : The importance the female attaches to money in the relationship
J: The importance both attach to humor (added together)
G: The importance both attach to good looks (added together)
Sm and Sf = The importance male and female attach to sex
I = The importance attached to having good in-laws (added together)
C= The importance attached to children in the relationship (added together)
Who knew mathematics were actually useful after high school? Perhaps this would be a fun study to test on yourself or your dating, married, and even divorced friends to see whether this theory has/had any merit (although I would probably keep this investigation to yourself if you find that your sister’s marriage only has a six-year shelf life). Some knowledge is better left unshared.
But hey, at least now you have unarguable, scientific reasoning for breaking up with someone. Who can argue with math?