This means that you can measure your commitment at any point in the dating or relationship process and learn something useful about the future. In one study that followed more than 1,700 people for five months, commitment scores collected at the start of the study explained 22% of the difference between the people who stayed together and the people who broke up after the five months.
In normal-speak, this number means there is a moderate connection between commitment and staying together in the future.
If your partner is willing, perhaps you can both take today’s relationship quiz and compare your scores. If your commitment levels vary, you might want to talk about what is causing this difference.
(I recommend you take the quiz before reading further so that you can give your natural responses.) Click here to take the quiz We all say it, but what does commitment really mean?
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While a lot of other factors contribute to keeping a couple together, we can confidently say that people’s current commitment to their relationship is an important piece of their future decision to stay with their partner or move on.
Commitment would probably be an even more accurate predictor of your relationship’s future status if it weren’t for one thing: Committed people sometimes get dumped. If your partner is less committed than you are, he or she might break up with you, rendering your own commitment a much less relevant factor in your future break-up.