Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Direct Relationship Theory: Revisited

After my last post on the thoroughly researched and highly scientific theory that the length of engagement has a direct relationship with the length of a relationship, an outpouring of new data was brought to my attention (in the form of your comments). These new data points (92 to be exact) allowed me to develop a new and improved theory:

There is absolutely no relationship, neither direct nor indirect nor anything in between, correlating the length of engagement and the length of a couple's courtship.

(If anyone can find a relationship in the mess of dots below, speak up, since you all are likely much better mathematicians than I [I bite my thumb in your general direction, Calculus!])

[Mind blowing Excel graph, once again, created by yours truly]

Further research needs to be done to determine if there is a relationship between age of the engager or engageee and the length of engagement. Funds are currently being collected to continue this research (and will likely go towards the purchasing of more Chevy's margaritas, because it is largely possible that the lack of a constant supply of said margaritas was the cause of the downfall of theory #1).

A few fun statistics (if you're into that kind of thing) from the "data" collected:
1. The average time a couple was together when they got engaged: 4 years and 1 month.
2. The average length of engagement: 17 months.
3. The record for longest engagement goes to pohget, at 6 1/2 years (the data point at the very top of the graph).
4. The record for longest relationship at the time of engagement goes to Miss International, 
with 10 1/2 years. Congrats on your longevity, Miss International!

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