10 Facts About Dating

10 Facts About Dating



We are currently in the golden-age of dating! With the rise of technology, our love-lives have only been enhanced. Our
communication has been facilitated, helping us find potential partners.After scouring countless relationship research papers, and trawlingthrough the annals of history, I present you with 10 amazing facts aboutthis unique mating ritual we call dating.


1. The longer you spend dating somebody before marrying, the lesslikely the marriage is to end in divorce.

What’s the secret to a successful marriage?I don’t imagine there is astraight-forward answer, however Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon ofEmory University conducted a 2014 study involving 3,151 people andfound that couples that had dated for three or more years beforeproposing were almost 40% less likely to divorce compared to thosethat had dated for less than one year. If that’s not an excuse to take things slow, I don’t know what is.


marital quality was generally greater if women were content with theirrelationship, whereas the happiness of the man did not seem to affectmarital quality as much. What does this tell us? Well Rutgers School ofArts and Science’s Deborah Carr suggests that satisfied wives are morelikely to do a lot more for their husband, whereas men, satisfied or not,are less as likely to provide support.


2. A woman’s happiness is a key indicator of a successful relationship.

A 2014 study at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences found thatoverall marital quality was generally greater if women werecontent with their relationship, whereas the happiness of the
man did not seem to affect marital quality as much. What doesthis tell us? Well Rutgers School of Arts and Science’s DeborahCarr suggests that satisfied wives are more likely to do a lot morefor their husband, whereas men, satisfied or not, are less as likely to provide support.

3. No correlation has been found between astrological sign and compatibility.

This isn’t much of a surprise to anybody, yet OkCupid still decided totake it upon themselves to gather information from over 500,000 oftheir users’ profiles to determine once and for all whether there was asingle correlation between compatibility and star sign.So what you mean to tell me is that I can’t neatly fit over 7 billion peopleinto 12 neat categories? Shocker.


4. Iceland has a dating app that stops you hooking up with your cousin.

Unfortunately, Icelanders keep accidentally sleeping with theirrelatives. This is mainly due to 3 reasons:

1. Iceland has a relatively small population (Roughly 320,000).
2. Iceland has very few foreign nationals.
3. Icelandic surnames do not give you much indication of lineage.

If this was a problem for most countries, a good rule of thumb would beto avoid anybody who shares your surname, however, even siblings inIceland can have different surnames since your surname would be the first name of your father and whether you were his son or daughter e.g.Svensson (Son of Sven), Svensdottir (Daughter of Sven).Thankfully, Icelandic citizens can download a dating app called Íslendingabók (Book of Icelanders) which will tell you whether you’rerelated or not by bumping your phones together, saving you theembarrassment of finding out at the next family Christmas dinner.


5. Before it was the video sharing giant it is today, YouTube began as a dating site.

When YouTube first launched, the founders of the website wereunsure which direction they wanted to take it in. Since thedomain was registered on Valentine’s Day, they gave the websitethe tagline of “Tune In Hook Up”. The aim was initially to providea platform where lovelorn singles could upload videos ofthemselves and hook up with other users.


6. Wearing red can make people more attracted to you.

A word of advice for those looking to improve their dating life:Wear red. Due to the themes we associate with the colour red, it can affect how we perceive people. A 2008 study by theAmerican Psychological Association found that men ratedwomen wearing red as more attractive, associating the colourwith sex. A separate 2010 study by the same association, foundwomen to associate the colour red with power and status.

7. People are more likely to date somebody “out of their league”if they knew the person much longer beforehand.


University and the University of Texas, you have the best chanceof landing somebody more attractive than you if you’d knownthat person a significant amount of time before dating. This also means you’re equally as likely to date somebody less attractivethan you if you knew them for a long time.

Of the 167 Couples studied, people who started dating after ashort period of knowing each other were more likely to be thesame level of attractiveness. What we learn from this is that themore you know somebody, the more you’re attracted to theircharacter; not their looks.

8. The 19th century telegram was commonly used to find dates and has been nicknamed “the Victorian internet”.

The 19th century telegram was a way of contacting people overlong distances by sending messages in Morse code. Not long after the telegram was popularised, people were using it in thesame way we would use the internet today. People would lookfor romance over long distances, and take part in Morse codechat rooms with the hope they might meet somebody there.

9. There is a common “dating rule” to determine whether yourpotential love interest is too young for you.

Have you ever questioned whether or not you should datesomebody because you felt that they were just too young foryou? Luckily, there’s general rule of thumb to put your mind atease. By halving your age, then adding 7 you should be able toaccurately determine whether or not that person you’ve hadyour eye on for months is too young for you. You’re 36 andthey’re 24? Better luck next year…

10. Men are usually the first ones to say “I love you”.

involving 94 participants ageing from 18 to 69 found that theparticipating males were more than twice as likely as females toconfess their love to their partner. Not only had the majority of
the males in the study been the first to say “I love you” in theircurrent relationship, but were also the first to say it in anyrelationship prior. The only sample group where women weremarginally more likely to profess their love first were those moreinclined towards no-strings-attached relationships

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