Relationships have been difficult to work with since, well, since relationships were first invented. But the website known as Wotwentwrong is offering up a new web app called Impressions that brings the full power of crowdsourcing--getting information out of large numbers of people--to help users figure out things like true meanings of text messages and the like.
Impressions allows people to create timelines of their relationships, allowing them to note important events like a first kiss, a first date, and several others to give other users an idea of what's going on in a relationship and potentially spot similar problems that they had had in their own relationships, allowing for the provision of advance warning when something is about to go wrong. Users can even embed polls in their timelines, giving strangers the ability to weigh in on things like the hidden meanings of text messages, the greater significance of special occasions, how best to engage in an argument and plenty more from there.
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Wotwentwrong's founder, Audrey Melnik, describes the concept as a way to easily get actual, up-to-the-minute information about relationship problems that more specifically relates to the events happening in that relationship, as opposed to the canned version that so often appears on blogs and relationship websites, offering up top-ten lists and the like that the writers expect readers to adapt to their own circumstances.
Melnik elaborates, saying, "People are going on all these online dates, meeting people and dating them, and they're failing for various reasons. They're not aware about what they might be doing wrong, and gaining any new skills in how to be better in dating."
Though it's hard to equate dating with a skill set, especially since one particular skill set may be almost or even completely useless in a given situation depending on the other half of the relationship, there's no doubt that there is at least some element of skill involved in the whole thing. While some may find the idea of posting details about relationships, especially to that degree, a bit on the obsessive side, many--including Audrey Melnik--assert that it's really little different than we normally do, only with a wider pool of individuals.
Whether the individual user finds this obsessive or a valuable tool depends largely on the user, but for those who want to get some fresh perspective on the things happening in their relationships, services like Impressions may well fit the bill.
Edited by Brooke Neuman