By Dave - 10/09/2009 13:37 - United States

Today, my girlfriend of 3 years told me that I was part of an experiment for her Sociology doctorate. I also learned that the notebooks she's been writing in for the past three years aren't for her "doctorate in literature" as she had told me, they were notes on my behavior for the past 3 years. FML
I agree, your life sucks 55 435
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That's illegal... press charges?

Can't be an experiment because if it was, human subjects have to give prior consent. Want to get even, complain to the dean of students that you unwillingly were a human subject for her experiments, feel as though your rights were violated and want to talk to someone at the university about its policies. She'll be F'd.

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Are you an idiot? He was never her boyfriend, she was doing an experiment and OP was the guinea pig.

Jesus Christ on a fucking Intoxicunt, was Th217 from the reject line at Genetics Defective Inc.?!

How has #1 not been thumbed down by now?

Taken care of. MUAHAHAHAHA!!!

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that's cold. But did she break up with you?

no, you are. this is obviously fake as it'd be illegal and she wouldn't get her doctorate.

This is actually very believable. If the OP was aware of her studying him, the results would be tainted and no longer relevant. It may be cruel but it is the only way. The social behavior of humans is difficult to understand.

#76: Yeah that's the way to do it...domestic violence...fucking loser. Whether you were trying to be funny or not, that was retarded. If she didn't hit him first...there's no legality in it. ----- As for the OP...cry me a river this isn't real. IF it is...the best way to get back is to ignore the bitch. **Most** chicks don't like to be ignored. I don't, and that can bother us the most. Do your own experiment on her lol.

This sounds suspiciously like The Shape of Things.

To #110: Yes, this is very believable, if you're willing to believe that a student working on her PhD in Sociology would not understand the ethical problems of faking to be in a relationship with another human being. Any person who studies sociology, psychology, or any other field that would study humans would know that. Yes, studying humans is difficult, but regardless of the information that could be found by dating someone for 3 years, faking a relationship is not the answer. If this is real, I wonder if she ever got her study approved and what the hell is going on in that city. The boyfriend should dump her and then contact a local IRB office to alert them of the violations of ethics by this woman - putting such a big red mark on her resume might tank her career, and that would be definitely deserved. If she cannot follow ethics, she doesn't deserve to be in sociology. Ruin her, end of story.

To #110: Yes, this is very believable, if you're willing to believe that a student working on her PhD in Sociology would not understand the ethical problems of faking to be in a relationship with another human being. Any person who studies sociology, psychology, or any other field that would study humans would know that. Yes, studying humans is difficult, but regardless of the information that could be found by dating someone for 3 years, faking a relationship is not the answer. If this is real, I wonder if she ever got her study approved and what the hell is going on in that city. The boyfriend should dump her and then contact a local IRB office to alert them of the violations of ethics by this woman - putting such a big red mark on her resume might tank her career, and that would be definitely deserved. If she cannot follow ethics, she doesn't deserve to be in sociology. Ruin her, end of story.

This reminds me of that phsychiatric condition that some people have when they think they are on a reality show but they really aren't. Even in rehab they are convinced that try are being filmed by hidden cameras.

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That's illegal... press charges?

unless she is dating you only for this experiment then wats the big deal.

WOOP WOOP WOOP WOOP! Looks like another one escaped from the Totally Missed the Fucking Point enclosure!

dingdingding!!! Yes, that is exactly it and that is exactly the big deal. Some people get married after 3 years, fuck the op's life.

i thought that was illegal too...and frankly, it's just bitchy. tell people you broke up with her, because she has VD

The person being observed does not have to be aware of the experiment, but there must be a very good reason for the experimenter to not inform them. While she would be unable to study someone in a relationship with her for 3 years properly with their knowledge, the ethical problems of faking a relationship would negate any of the positives gained from the study. It is illegal because of that, not simply because he is unaware. Also, if she is the researcher and the person dating him, her role as researcher might affect her role as girlfriend (a role which would cause many of the dating behaviors she is trying to study) - so this study is all sorts of wrong.

wow that musta hurt she only went out out with u for an experiment and OMG no1 sed first

you are 111th.. if that isn't grounds for saying 'first' then i don't know what is! more like first-first-first XD hey, if i was the OP, i'd go to the professor of the course she's studying and say that you've known ALL ALONG that your 'girlfriend' has been studying your behaviour. say that you knew and you were modifying your behaviour to make the results null and void 3 FUCKING YEARS OF HER STUDY AND LIFE RUINED! YEAH BITCH!!

Are you being serious right now? Three years of OPs romantic life was just wasted because a selfish bitch just wanted a spread sheet.

Can't be an experiment because if it was, human subjects have to give prior consent. Want to get even, complain to the dean of students that you unwillingly were a human subject for her experiments, feel as though your rights were violated and want to talk to someone at the university about its policies. She'll be F'd.

smart idea dude!

Agreed. She's wasted 3 years of your life, make sure she's also wasted 3 of hers. Revenge aside, that's horribly unethical of her.

There isn't a chance in hell that would pass any ethics board. If it really is for a doctorate (i can't see how) it would never ever pass

I agree. This was her experiment and nothing for the school. Your girlfriend is fucked up.

Definitely true. I had to go get an undergraduate project approved by the ethics board just because I wanted to interview a couple of people (with their consent).

actually observation experiments like this with out any form of interaction on the testers part im pretty sure is legal as well as using deception and lying about what your testing for .

She has to obtain human subjects approval from her university before she can do anything involving a living person. Part of that involves consent documents prior, so I guess take heart in knowing she can't use anything she observed as part of her dissertation.

I call fake - see film THE SHAPE OF THINGS (2003)

I concur. I saw the original play in London at the Almeida. Rachel Weisz was great. What a heartless skank!

Dang you guys beat me. I totally thought of The Shape of Things when I read this. However I think what happened in that play was worse than what happened here.

The play/film was more (seemingly) heartless, but it took place over just a few months. The OP is claiming years here, so by time alone this - if it were true- seems worse to me.

This goes against ethical requirements for research. Informed Consent, Limited Deception.

File a complaint with her school's IRB if she tries to go ahead and use the results in her dissertation.