A recent study conducted by Brian Ogolsky of the University of Illinois has helped to identify four, and only four, types of romantic relationships. The study, which was conducted over the course of nine months, took a look at 376 unmarried couples in their mid-20s, and evaluated the changes (and the reasons behind these changes) in their commitment to get married. Here are the four types of relationships, and what can be said about each one!
This group made up 34% of the couples involved in the study. Dramatic couples experience more fighting and conflict, and tend to spend less time together. Since it’s characterized by constant fighting and disputing, a dramatic relationship is the least stable type of relationship to be in. These couples are the most likely to break up the most quickly, and have a very small chance of ending up in marriage.
This relationship group made up 12% of the studied couples. Conflict-ridden couples have the most arguments, and are generally unstable. Although they aren’t very destined to last, they are still, somewhat surprisingly, more stable than the dramatic relationships.
19% of the couples fell under the category of having a socially involved relationship. This group is categorized as being heavily influenced by social networks, and mainly interact via social mediums. We all know, or have come across, a couple like this. Their relationship seems to be based almost entirely on Instagram or Facebook, and would probably seize to exist without the motivation of social media.
The partner-focused couples are relationship goals. They made up 30% of the studied couples. These couples value their partner the most, and pretty much put their relationship above everything else in their lives. Partner-focused couples are just the cutest; they’re the type of couple that everyone is jealous of. These couples are absolutely head-over-heels in love. They have the highest success rate, and are most likely to get married.