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New research by Paul Eastwick shows that long-term and short-term relationships are initially indistinguishable

New research by Paul Eastwick and colleagues shows that romantic interest rises at the same rate in both short-term and long-term relationships. At some point, however, romantic interest tends to plateau and decline in short-term relationships, while in long-term relationships, it continues to ascend and reaches a higher peak. Eastwick's study, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Generaloffers a new twist on the distinction between stable, long-term partner and the exciting, short-term partner and has been covered in more detail here.