We already know that generosity is the key to happiness in a marriage,聽but even the most content and stable relationships have bad days and conflict every now and then. While being聽mindful聽or avoiding聽certain聽words聽during fights can help manage tense times, wouldn鈥檛 it be great to have a warning signal when bae has had a bad day (and thus let you cut a potential fight off at the pass)? Researchers at the University of Southern California think so. In fact, they may have just invented it!

A聽study聽recently put out by a team from USC shows聽that it鈥檚 possible for 鈥減assive modal computing鈥 (read: wearable tech, basically) to monitor, gather, and analyze data from your body and subsequently detect when you鈥檙e stressed, anxious, or sad. The team of researchers developed algorithms to define these emotions and聽collected data from participants like body temperature, heart activity, sweat, audio recordings, what the participants鈥 were saying, and their vocal intensity through聽wearables, cell phones, and physiological signals.

To test their idea, the research team analyzed聽IRL couples using聽the data while simultaneously having the couples self-report on their emotions and actions when conflict within the relationship occurred. The authors found that their algorithm was聽86 percent accurate in its ability to detect the conflict (we鈥檙e pretty sure that鈥檚 way higher than the whole 鈥減lease can you just read my mind?鈥 theory we鈥檝e been working on with bae).

The next step is to harness this technology in a real, actionable way that helps couples dissolve conflict before it starts.聽Lead author Adela C. Timmons, a psychology PhD student, says, 鈥淭he eventual goal [is to] develop interventions to improve couple functioning.鈥 In other words, the authors believe they can create tech to alert both you and your partner when there鈥檚 a high probability for a disagreement. So if you鈥檝e had a bad day at work and are showing all the physiological signals of conflict, the tech could send your partner a text advising them to be respectful of your space when you arrive home. It could also prompt you to meditate for 10 minutes before meeting up with聽your S.O. so that you aren鈥檛 still riled up and looking for a fight. Sign us up for the beta testing!

Is this potential conflict warning device something you鈥檇 want to try? Tweet us @BritandCo and tell us your thoughts!

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