FOMLOVEIs there a formula for lasting love?

The formula for the perfect first date, well that’s easy, Candlelit dinner + kissing = a call back.

The perfect relationship? Timing + communication x mutual attraction emotional baggage = intimacy.

Penis + pulse = One night stand. Relationships seem simple when you put them like that.

And yet we’ve all had those romances where the sums seem to add up, where the right boxes were ticked and the scores were even… but somehow it doesn’t add up to love.

Love is frustrating, elusive, and intangible. It starts in that sweet spot between intimacy and excitement which is impossible to manufacture and tiring to maintain.

Whilst science has not yet manufactured the perfect partner, mathematicians are claiming to have found the formula that predicts how long love will last. Research commissioned by MSN has revealed a new love equation that determines the key ingredients to a successful, long-lasting relationship – with factors such as a good sense of humor ranking in importance alongside a person’s number of previous sexual partners.

According to the 2,000 males and females surveyed, 25 per cent of both men and women believe their partner should have had four sexual partners before them (with one in five men clinging to the traditional belief that they should be their ideal woman’s “first”).

The survey also found that men prioritize looks over intelligence and are twice as likely as women to believe that good sex is important for a happy, enduring relationship.

Assuming that:

L: The predicted length in years of the relationship

Y: The number of years the two people knew each other before the relationship became serious

P: The number of previous partners of both people a