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:
Are ‘Hookups’ Replacing Romantic Relationships On College Campuses?
Researchers Shocked to Find That Hookup Culture Is Bullshit
Want a Better Relationship? There’s An App for That
One-Third Of Cheaters Have Secret Social Media Account
‘Fidelity Hormone’ Could Keep Men From Straying
Poor Sleep Can Leave Romantic Partners Feeling Unappreciated
Why Fertile Women Are More Aloof
Does ‘I Love You’ Mean Your Relationship Is In Trouble?
Couples Who Travel Together Have Better Sex Lives
Why Married People Are Smug and Singles So Carefree
UC Davis Study Shows Lovers’ Heartbeats Match
Want A Happy Marriage? Get Angry
Son-In-Law Key To Lasting Marriage
Is Online Gaming Messing Up Your Marriage?
Selfless Acts For Spouse Essential Part Of Healthy Love
Husbands Who Do Housework May Have Less Sex, Study Says
Marriage Drives Women To Drink, Study Says
Marriage Expectations: Young People Expect Marriages To Last, Study Says
Marriage Research: Honeymoon Phase Is A Myth, Study Finds
Secrets Of Lasting Love Are Hidden Inside The Brain Say Scientists
There’s No Such Thing as Everlasting Love (According to Science)
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.