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The rhythms of transient relationships: allocating time between weekdays and weekends

Hidd, VV, Zhang, M, Centellegher, S, Roberts, SGB, Lepri, B and López, E (2023) The rhythms of transient relationships: allocating time between weekdays and weekends. Royal Society Open Science, 10 (10). p. 230834. ISSN 2054-5703

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A fundamental question of any new relationship is, will it last? Transient relationships, recently defined by the authors, are an ideal type of social tie to explore this question: these relationships are characterized by distinguishable starting and ending temporal points, linking the question of tie longevity to relationship finite lifetime. In this study, we use mobile phone data sets from the UK and Italy to analyse the weekly allocation of time invested in maintaining transient relationships. We find that more relationships are created during weekdays, with a greater proportion of them receiving more contact during these days of the week in the long term. The smaller group of relationships that receive more phone calls during the weekend tend to remain active for more time. We uncover a sorting process by which some ties are moved from weekdays to weekends and vice versa, mostly in the first half of the relationship. This process also carries more information about the ultimate lifetime of a tie than the part of the week when the relationship started, which suggests an early evaluation period that leads to a decision on how to allocate time to different types of transient ties.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mobile phone data; relationship sorting; time allocation; transient relationships; weekend effect
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: The Royal Society
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2023 11:15
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 11:15
DOI or ID number: 10.1098/rsos.230834
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21813
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