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Give Them Your Text Messages, They’ll Tell You How Long Your Relationship Will Last

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Have you ever wondered just how compatible you are with someone? Sure, you can talk about books, movies, and music OR you can take all of the IMs, chats, and emails you've been exchanging, paste them into this website, and voila: "You will get a number back that assesses the degree to which the two of you match."

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Stephan Zielinski

Do at least a small amount of investigation before promoting such things, will ya? The site's part of a general research project run out of the University of Texas at Austin by James Pennebaker. All the research projects: [www.utpsyc.org] . Pennebaker's page: [homepage.psy.utexas.edu] . Feel like being a lab rat today? Feel like making your friends into lab rats?

Actually, that there's an academic on the other end is about the BEST one could hope for. More generally, cutting and pasting great whacking globs of text discussing personal issues— intimate or not— is a great raw source for spammers, scammers, phishers, marketers, and half a dozen other sub-varieties of Internet glop. Let's try not to make things easy for the bad guys, okay?