Hit a wall in your relationship? You might think that going for a dinner date or having a Talk is the answer. But how about signing into a website, answering some questions and looking at how your responses compare with globally-compiled statistics?
It seems counter-intuitive to look for the answer to an emotional problem in some user-generated data. But hey! this is the digital age and we love solving problems with stuff on the internet. I'm already sold on the idea of delivering couple's relationship therapy by social network. It's what new site The IceBreak plans to do, a Californian venture that has just launched in beta.
The idea is new but not unique. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - a form of talking therapy used for people who are suffering mild mental problems can, and is, delivered by computer: users are taken through a step-by-step process answering questions and considering their responses.
It makes sense that relationship therapy can work out the same way too..
Down to the nuts and bolts of the actual site, it offers three things. The first one looks like the most interesting. We already have about 800 different online ways to contact people so the private wall is a little redundant and the IceBreaker questions could be great or shit depending on what they say.
We're trying to sort out an interview with the founder to get a few more details on this interesting new site. In the meantime, check out the beta version - http://theicebreak.com//