Love Is A Messy Science

A meta-look at the complicated (and sometimes contradicting) research on love and relationships. Happy Valentine's Day!

What Is Love?

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Every few months, a new study comes out that claims to have unleashed the secrets of human romance. It's a new technique to predict whether a relationship will last, or a new way to revive the spark of passionate love, or a new study that says relationships are doomed. They make great headlines, but a few months later, another study comes along and says the key to love is found somewhere else.

Here's some of the headline-making, occasionally contradictory research on love and relationships that's been bouncing around since last Valentine's Day:

The takeaway? Love is confusing. Let's just all appreciate how awesome chocolate is instead. Because there's no conflicting research about that at all.