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The Danger of Relationship Compatibility Quizzes

 


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People love quizzes. No, not the kind of quizzes you have to take and pass at school, but quizzes that reveal something about your personality, relationship, or knowledge of pop culture. Relationship compatibility quizzes in particular are fun, and sometimes they can even be somewhat useful. However, there is a danger in taking them too seriously.

The thing to remember about online quizzes is that most of them aren't created by experts. There are all kinds of tools online that make it easy for high school kids to spit out quizzes about anything from Harry Potter to what flavor of chewing gum you'd be. Someone who has zero experience with love and dating can throw together a relationship quiz within minutes. Very few quizzes like this are put together by people who know what they're talking about.

Another danger is that it's easy to get addicted to quizzes. Instead of taking action or looking for more qualified information, you might be tempted to take even MORE quizzes. If you're trying to fix your relationship, this activity is worse than useless.

It's best to use relationship compatibility quizzes as thermometers. Don't take a single one of them as the gospel truth. Quizzes will sometimes introduce questions you never thought to ask, which can help you find the path toward improving your relationship, but they should never be a substitute for taking action or seeking advice from a knowledgeable source.

Just remember that love quizzes are not all they're cracked up to be. They are almost never created by experts, and even when they are, they're still a flimsy way to analyze the health of your relationship. Simply take them for the fun of it, or at most use them as a stepping stone toward getting more information and taking action.

Dana Rhinehart is a freelance writer who specializes in love, marriage, and relationships. For more free relationship advice, visit http://questionsbeforemarriage.com .

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