Here are the 4 Types of Dating Couples According to a New Study

A new study conducted by the researchers at the University of Illinois identified four categories of dating couples that make their way to a long-term commitment.

The researchers of the study tracked the relationship behaviors and attitudes of 376 dating couples who were in their mid-20s. The study also revealed which type of couples that are most likely to commit long-term.

If you are currently in a dating relationship, knowing what category your relationship falls into may help you lead your relationship into a long-term commitment.

Here are the four categories of dating couples:

1. Dramatic couples

Dramatic couples are those who have an unstable relationship commitment. They usually have conflicts that are caused by negativity and they base their decisions on the negative events that happen in their relationship. They are also the most likely to break up among all the four types of couples. Brian Ogolsky, an assistant professor of human development and family studies of the University of Illinois suggests that if you find your relationship to be dramatic one, try to focus on the positive aspects of the relationship and not to “sweat the small stuff”.

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Dramatic couples are the most likely to break up among the four types of dating couples.
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2. Conflict-ridden couples

Although this category may seem negative, conflict-ridden couples actually are not more likely to break up than the other usual couples. Their conflicts arise from being passionate to each other which can result to intense highs and lows in their relationship. Since they are passionate, they are more likely to stay together despite the inner conflict they experience.

3. Socially involved couples

Socially involved couples are considered as social butterflies and most probably have met through their shared circle of friends. They love hanging out with other people and are usually always seen in parties and events and seem to be happy with each other.
“Ideally long-term relationships should be predicated on friendship-based love and having mutual friends makes people in these couples feel closer and more committed”, according to Ogolsky. The disadvantage, however, with socially involved couples is that they might make decisions based on their social circle. Moreover, couples who fall into this category should also make sure they have quality one-on-one time with each other.

4. Partner-focused couples

Partner-focused couples have a high level of commitment to each other and the people around them know it. They always take care of each other, do things together and are commitment-minded. And unlike socially involved couples, they do not base their decisions on others even if they share a common social circle. Because of this, partner-focused couples are the most likely to stay together long-term.

How is categorizing couples helpful in dating relationships?

Ogolsky says, “The important message is that there are certain ways of making commitment-related decisions that propel you forward, and others push you backward. It can be helpful for couples to think about these patterns and the ways they make important decisions about the future of their relationship.”

So, which category does your relationship fall into? Leave a comment below.

Source: EurekAlert

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