SOCIAL EXPERIMENT TIME, PREPARE TO BE ANALYZED!
also, tag your friends I want a large sample size.
Put all answers to these questions in a spoiler. Do not look at other’s answers before posting. Answer the questions one at a time. Do not look at the next question before you answer the current one. Do not edit your answers after moving on. Use a #2 pencil.
If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your answers publicly in a reply to this SU, shoot me a DM! I’m very interested to see what results this yields.
If you’re even uncomfortable shooting me a DM, use the anonymous “17th Shard Communal Account” I set up a while ago. You will have to DM me for the password (unless you were in the Meme Comp, in which case, you already know it), but unless you are literally the only person who wants to use the account, it’ll still provide a sufficient measure of anonymity.
Either way, write down your answers as you go through these. Even if you decide partway through that you won’t send them, finish the experiment. Then, feel free to only send in certain answers. Or none. Up to you. (If you do complete the questionnaire and decide to not share any answers, I’d appreciate you at least telling me that you completed it.)
Define “Love” in 1-2 sentences.
When you read question one, did the question “do you mean romantic or platonic love?” (or a similar question) ever cross your mind? Please elaborate.
Define “Heartbreak” in 1-2 sentences.
Have you ever experienced Heartbreak, as defined by yourself in question three? Elaborate if you feel comfortable doing so.
If you answered “No” to question four, Have you ever experienced anything someone else could possibly describe as Heartbreak? Elaborate if you feel comfortable doing so.
If you answered “Yes” to question four, Hi! How are you? Enjoying the social experiment?
Rate the following statements on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being “I believe this statement to be definitively false”, and 10 being “I believe this statement to be objectively true”. Feel free to elaborate on your given rating.
(Please look at each statement one at a time, same as the questions.)
”Each person on earth has a soulmate they are supposed to be with. They can only achieve true love with that one person.”
“There is a limited selection of possible candidates for whom you could fall in love with.”
“Some people are simply incompatible.”
“Any two people could learn to fall in love, given sufficient time, and sufficient willingness on behalf of the subjects.”
“Given sufficient time, any two people will fall in love, whether they want to or not.”
“Love is arbitrated by one’s brain chemistry alone.”
“Love is always a positive force in the world.”
“A hotdog is a sandwich.”
“All people are deserving of love.”
“‘Romantic’ love is the superlative form of love.”
Did you consider any of the statements of question six to be poorly phrased, from a “social experiment” point of view? (i.e. too biased or ‘on-the-nose’) Why or why not?
How do you feel about the way we curently separate ‘love’ into different categories? (platonic, romantic, etc.)
Did you catch the typo in question eight when you first read it?
How are you doing, seriously? On a deeply psychological level, are you doing alright? This isn’t a social experiment question, I just like you guys a lot and want to see if I can help you in any way.
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Last two! Sorry for all the replies, but I'm on mobile so this is way, way easier.Spoiler
Ha, no. Lol. I read right over typos. One of the reasons I'd be a terrible editor.Spoiler
I'm a bit stressed and overwhelmed, but my situation is so much better than others, so I'm not complaining. Overall, I'm pretty good!
One: (Ignore the annoying accidentally clicked quote boxes that it won't let me delete on my phone.)Spoiler
Love is a state of mind directed toward someone else. When you love someone, you enjoy being with them, and want them to have good things, to the point that you'd be willing to sacrifice something of yourself to give them those good things.
Loving something that's not alive is simply an enjoyment of that thing and the things it brings.QuoteQuote
The main distinction that came to my mind was the difference between loving a person and loving a thing. I mean, you can say something like "I loved that movie!" or "I love that food!" but that's something very different than loving a person, whether platonic or romantic.
Uh... I'm no expert on this, but I'm guessing it's a feeling of sorrow that comes when you can no longer be with someone you love (generally romantically), or when that person has no love for you in return.
Um....not really, but maybe. More like wondering if love is returned without really knowing. Maybe someone would see that as heartbreak?
One: 8, but with an asterisk. My religion dictates that in order to achieve the highest degree of happiness possible, we need to be married and sealed to a spouse for eternity. And because this is for eternity, it would make sense that this is basically a soulmate, right? But it's not super complicated. God has made it so your path will cross with the one you are supposed to marry, and so if you live life in the normal way you should, you will be able to be with the person you're meant to be with.
Two: 5. Half and half. I mean, here on Earth, yes, your pool is definitely limited. But like I said above, your "soul mate" is of course going to be in that pool. We also believe that those who die before they're married will still get to have an eternal companion, they'll just meet that eternal companion after this life. And so that pool is basically limitless.
Three: 9. There are a lot of people in the world, and you should never have to be in a romantic relationship with someone who you disagree with drastically. Within some margin, though, you could come to love someone you originally would have never thought you would.
Four: 9. Some people it would work, but generally, yes. See my answer above.
Five: 2. I disagree. A romantic relationship is not guaranteed. I think you will grow to love someone if you're with them long enough, but not necessarily romantically.
Six: 1. Love is something beyond chemistry. I believe that as part of my religion.
Seven: 8. It's a positive force in and of itself, but certain actions associated with it can have negative effects, I think.
Eight: 7. It's kind of a sandwich. Closer to a sandwich than an open faced sandwich....
Nine: 10. Once again, my religious beliefs influence this. God loves everyone, so we should, too. And if they seem undeserving of it, maybe it's because they haven't had enough.
Ten: 5. Yes, romantic love is very important, but it is just as important to love others in other ways.
Uh, they all seemed okay to me, but I wasn't thinking about that aspect of them, and I'm no expert when it comes to social experiments.
I think it makes sense, mostly. Nothing really needs to change in the way we categorize it.
No. BUT I SEE IT NOW!
On a mental and psychological level, doing great! I mean, there are always things going wrong, and I can never feel perfect in this life. There are always doubts and worries. But nothing overwhelming. Thanks for asking!
It does seem kind of unfair, because there are many others who have lots of problems that I've never had to go through. All I can do is help them however I can.
I was doing this on my phone and it took way too long.
wait crap no shoot crap no crap storms shoot
i totally forgot this was a thing and now it's sold out
guess I'm sneaking in
stranger things 4 is amazing
better than 3 and 2 imo
from a narrative standpoint, it’s pure art.
i could go into detail for exactly why i say that, but i’m on mobile rn and that would be a *long* post.
but yeah, it’s amazing
at least up til episode 5. haven’t seen the last 4 yet. unless the ending is absolute crem, there’s no way this isn’t my favorite 2022 release.
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hey remember that post i made about how future historians are watching you. i got more.
so we all know that the stars we see in the night sky are billions of years old n stuff. like, many of the stars we see have already exploded and we just don’t know yet because they’re so far away and the light hasn’t reached us yet. we all know that.
the logical extension of “we see the past”
is “the future sees us”
Picture a planet, galaxies away. right now, at this instant, it’s a barren wasteland. no life at all. sometime in the future, some nice primordial soup comes around on this planet. then a little mitochondria will get quirky and decide to be alive. cue evolution. this species will grow to create language, civilization. eventually they’ll create telescopes, computers. and when they turn those telescopes on our little galaxy….they’ll see us. as we are now. we’ll be long gone. perhaps our entire galaxy will have dissipated. but they’ll see us.
say hi everyone.
what's that one classical music song that goes ba dadadadadada da da da da da da da da da dadadadadada da da da da da da da da
i'm going insane
Scriptural names are so rusting cool.
that is all.
Officially moved in to my college dorm
am rather stressed and scared ngl
good vibes would be appreciated
am also feeling hopeful and optimistic though, so its not like i'm suffering
living in Nauvoo House 1, pretty chill.
ive barely met my roommates at all
only met 3 out of 5 so far, and all three were....old.
hoping at least one of em is my age lol
after like 3 days of being completely surrounded by mountains
ive decided i don’t like them
day one was like “holy mother of storms these are beautiful and magnificent”
and now i’m like “IM TRAPPED. IM LITERALLY TRAPPED. I CANNOT SEE THE HORIZON, I CANNOT SEE THE SUNSET. LET ME OUT. LET ME BREATHE”
but on a massive scale
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I prefer mountains. I used to live in a place with mountains, then when I moved to a flat place, I felt very sad.
There's something strangely comforting about having mountains around you. At least to me.
(Also I think the same mountains that gave you claustrophobia are the ones that I saw every day where I lived.)