If you’ve been dating for a while but things have gone a bit stale of late – do you love him or leave him?
If you’ve been toying with this very dilemma - fear not, as the answer could (literally) be found through the click of a button. Or via an iPhone app to be exact.
Should I Break Up With My Boyfriend? app bypasses the need to bore friends with relationship woes and allows the confused user to track their feelings over a two-week period to assess whether it’s love… or loss.
Created by Sarah Gray, a programmer and co-founder of the self-tracking web application MercuryApp, the app provides an online diary and rating service, which is then analysed and displayed in a graph after two weeks.
The graph produces the highs and lows of the relationship based on the diary entries and mood ratings (measured by ‘neutral', ‘bad’ and ‘worst’) so the user can see whether or not the relationship is making them happy.
“Should I break up with my boyfriend? is the only app of its kind that relies on users’ own feelings as a baseline and gives a fuller picture of how they feel about their relationships,” says creator Gray.
“We‘re quick to forget or dismiss past feelings that don’t fit in with our current mood, which is why seeing larger patterns can give you insight you might not have in the moment.
“Sometimes, we need an objective voice to help us appreciate a good thing or accept something painful. And this app helps us tap into the best voice of all–the one inside ourselves”.
Would you let a phone app decide the fate of your relationship?
Stuck in a relationship rut? Take a look at these simple ways to spice up your dating life...
By life coach Sophia Davis.
"Why not try a Salsa class with your date? Work together to learn new dance moves and then show them off together. There are plenty of classes available for all levels of experience."
"Go on an adventure and get energetic by solving mazes, climbing assault courses and swinging on ropes. Here, you will walk around what looks like an enchanted forest climbing trees and letting go of fears and inhibitions by throwing yourself into nets and such like. These are so much fun to experience and are dotted around the country so perfect for wherever you are based."
"If you want to laugh, try a comedy club. There are loads of them dotted around the country, and you can have a drink and watch some talented comedians in action (if you do some research). Laugh till your ribs hurt, and share fun times and light-hearted entertainment with your new dating partner."
"Put the music back into your dating life by taking your diet to an outdoor music event, or an indoor concert. Rock out and listen to mellow jazz, it's your choice, but it'll definitely be a conversation starter and a chance to show off your moves!"
"Go for a romantic stroll, hand in hand in the outdoors. Visit a Christmas market or fair and get the adrenaline going by going on one of the rides, or show off your skating skills on the ice rink. Have a drink at one of the open bars, or just have a walk around and enjoy the festive buzz."