OPPOSITES….Do opposites attract? New science says no!
The theory that opposites attract is a myth, say a group of U.S. scientists who have found men and women are more likely to choose partners who are similar — or they believe are similar — to themselves.
Both sexes are most likely to attract individuals who look like them and have the same wealth, social status and share the same outlook towards family and fidelity, the new research suggests.
Well, that’s fine, I never believed all that “opposites attract” nonsense anyway. But even so, check out the methodology for this study:
The results were based on questionnaires by 978 students aged between 18 and 24. Respondents were asked to rank the importance they placed on 10 attributes in a long-term partner.
The students were then asked to rate themselves based on the same attributes.
You’ve got to be kidding. These guys are pronouncing on “preference for long-term partners” based on a single self-reporting survey given to a highly nonrepresentative group of socioeconomically elite 20-year-olds? With not even a nod to what preferences people display in the real world and what the long-term outcomes of those preferences are?
Crikey. I could probably do research on my blog as good as this.