Dating and Compatibility Correlations

Quote of the Day

We will hold meetings, everyday, until I find out why no work is getting done.

- Gary Ronneberg, one of my favorite managers.

There must be an enormous amount of money involved in Internet dating because I see their commercials on television all the time. As far as their success in matching people up, I only have one data point – one of my sons met a wonderful gal though the OkCupid online service. My wife and I have been discussing this article that claims that couple compatibility is highly correlated when they have similar answers to the following three simple questions:

  • Do you like horror movies?
  • Have you ever traveled around another country alone?
  • Wouldn't it be fun to chuck it all and go live on a sailboat?

Having the same answer to all three questions must not be required for compatibility – my wife and I have been happily married for 35 years and our answers would be different on all three questions. Compatibility, in my eyes, is more to do with things like personality and pheromones. Pheromones are those chemicals that we produce to attract a mate, so it seems that chemistry has more to do with our compatibility than whether we like horror movies or not.

I'm sure there are many other questions that young people are more likely to ask each other. There'll be the usual stuff that I imagine is more important than both of you enjoying watching Netflix horror movies, like:

  • How old are you?
  • Where do you live/where did you grow up?
  • What's your favourite food?
  • Do you like cats, dogs or both?
  • What do you want to be when you're older?

And they're just the basic ones! Teens and young adults these days ask some seriously personal questions - there are no barriers anymore! Examples include:

  • Are you a virgin/how many people have you slept with?
  • Would you kiss/sleep with the same/opposite gender?
  • Have you used sex toys like a blow job machine or vibrator?
  • Would you ever have a threesome?

These are much more likely to be the questions that young people ask each other to determine compatibility. The article also claims that a woman who likes the taste of beer is 30% more likely to sleep with a man on their first date than a woman who does not like the taste of beer. I do not understand that correlation at all and it just leaves me asking - what if the woman does not like men?

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