Have you noticed that fewer people are getting married these days? And those that do are waiting longer? According to the CDC, marriage rates are decreasing every year. At the same time, divorce rates are staying constant. So what does this all mean?
We’ve all heard the saying: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” But is this actually the case? Evolutionary psychologist Dr. David Buss would argue yes and no – depending on which sex you’re talking about. While it is obvious that a person’s appearance factors into attraction, in the book “Why Women Have Sex”, Dr. Buss writes that women place a higher importance on smell than men do.
You’ve met someone and there’s an initial attraction. Your date is not a loser, not a bad person, not a psycho, or a user. Whew, all the run-don’t-walk-away signs are absent. You’ve taken endless compatibility and psychology tests but the dejavu is ringing true again. You’ve practically worn down the path of great beginnings. It starts off well and then there are those private thoughts that start creeping in: Really? I don’t like that at all! That makes me uncomfortable. I’m not sure that would work for me. It’s not the fit I thought it was…
In one of the biggest cities of the world, New York City is known to be an extremely difficult dating scene when it comes to filtering through the crowd that is most compatible with you. Taso and Maria Pardalis, a couple in New York City with two lovely children, decided to take our compatibility test after a bit of skepticism. Maria is a believer in the saying that “things are meant to be,” and never considered using science to determine the compatibility of her marriage.
It is well known that genes are an important part of who we are, but did you know that genes also play an important role in our relationships? We know that genes influence our behaviour and in fact, a whole area of science is dedicated to understanding this – behavioural genetics. But perhaps less well known, is that genes also affect how we look for a relationship and how compatible we are with that person.