Originally Posted by abjection
"In terms of the formation of long-term relationships, it's far better to get false negatives than false positives." - Eric Pepke
I'm a scientist, not a sociologist, but I'll give it a whirl.
I would interpret "false negatives" as people with whom you could have a great relationship but never try it. I would interpret "false positives" as people you think will be a great life partner and you try it, but it doesn't work out.
To me, that amounts to "It's better never to have loved at all than to have loved and lost." I strongly disagree. How do you learn to recognize the true positives if you don't sort through some false ones?
The charitable interpretation is that it's bad to get stuck in a loveless marriage for years on end, a claim with which I would definitely agree.