Scientists Can Predict Breakups from Unrelated Internet Posts 3 Months before It Occurs

Scientists Can Predict Breakups from Unrelated Internet Posts 3 Months before It Occurs

Studies have shown that when people go through a breakup, the language they are using shows signs of impending breakups three months before the breakups occur. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin looked at 1,027,541 posts from 6,803 Reddit users. No, before you think about it, the hint of a breakup not posted on this particular forum – but they did post there, as well as many other places on Reddit that gave researchers the opportunity to see how their breakups affected by their use of language.

The team, which published their results in the proceedings at The National Academy of Sciences, looked at the posts two years before, during, and after the breakup. They found that language markers indicated a breakup 3 months in advance and users did not return to their baseline for about 6 months (on average) of the event.

Scientists Can Predict Breakups from Unrelated Internet Posts 3 Months before It Occurs

Scientists Can Predict Breakups from Unrelated Internet Posts 3 Months before It Occurs

“Symptoms included I-word, we-word, and cognitive processing words (depressive traits, collective concentration, and meaning-determining processes, respectively),” the team wrote in the study Indicates). For example, in the following example of the study, bold words show signs of cognitive processing, as well as plenty of “I-words”.

 “I am not sure if my story should be shared.

These subtle changes in the use of pronouns and other changes in language were not only when users were talking about their relationship, but also when they were talking about other things in full.

“It looks like people are becoming aware before any breakup starts to affect their lives,” Sarah Seraj, a doctoral candidate in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and a leading author, told the Science Daily. “We don’t really notice how long we’ve been using preparations, articles, or pronouns, but the words of these functions change in a way that can tell you a lot about our emotional and psychological state when you’re going through a personal upsurge.”

Changes in language observation disciplined during breakup weeks and usually return 6 months after the end of the relationship. However, those who have been posting about their breakups for a long time, returning to r / breakups to talk about their breakup stories, have been found to be “less equipped than short-term posters even a year after their breakup”, continuing to use their common baseline language Different.

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