Our AI analyses the magic of modern Love

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Our Emotion AI analysis revealed that the top three emotions across the pieces were more negative than positive. In first place was Sadness, which was detected 40% more frequently than Happiness, the second highest emotion. 5% less than Happiness was Fear.

This suggests to us that it is vulnerability that makes these stories appealing to us. It’s one thing to be able to write a happy love story, but another matter entirely when it comes to writing about sad, fearful times elegantly. The writers’ willingness to show weakness through discussing their low moments in love paint a realistic picture of Love — showing that while happy times do form a significant part of the modern day love story, every story is bound to have a few unhappy chapters, and that should be acknowledged too.

Unlike fairy tales and romcoms which present relationships through rose-tinted glasses, Modern Love makes it clear that relationships aren’t always dream-like, too-good-to-be-true experiences. Writing about the imperfections of love empathetically connects with readers.

We saw that in love, Hindsight isn’t pleasant.

Our Culture AI analysis showed that the word ‘Retrospect’ held a high negative sentiment. Our AI ranks words as being positive or negative, and also detects the degree to which they realise that positivity or negativity. It grades these words based on a scale of -1 to 0 for negativity (with -1 being the most negative), and 0 to 1 for positivity.

At -0.7, ‘Retrospect’ was at the same rank of high negativity as words like ‘Pain’, ‘loss’ and ‘grief’. This showed us that hindsight and memory work was not ambivalently half-happy half-sad in any way — not bittersweet, but full-blown bitter. More importantly, it showed us that retrospect was also felt at the same degree as stronger emotions like pain, loss, and grief.

Word cloud of top adjectives. The size of the word corresponds with frequency.

Our language analysis also revealed to us the top words used across different word classes. From the word cloud of top adjectives used, we expectedly see words like “romantic”, “good” and “right”, but also see words like “angry”, “uncomfortable” and “strange” — words that do not usually have positive associations.

These all the more so make clear the realness of Modern Love columns in representing relationships: love is right, love is romantic, but it is also ugly.

The prose of Modern Love shows us that acknowledging things not being glossy and perfect all the time helps in crafting authentic narratives.

To a hyper-critical, hyper-cynical, and hyper-real 21st century audience, storytelling endears when it sticks true to the plot — no censoring of the unpleasant chapters. The popularity of Modern Love shows us that we like our fairy tales imperfect.

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