Welcome back to The Attraction Doctor Even with all of the technology connecting us together, finding and meeting people for dates, mates, hookups, and spouses can still be a challenge. Fortunately, the question has been thoroughly surveyed and studied by social science research.
In fact, it can even make meeting someone more confusing! The answer, however, seems to change depending on your personal dating and relationship goals.
This may help to increase the satisfaction and longevity of the relationship.
Presumably, the similarities also help partners to make a deeper connection and share gratefully with each other.
For more specific preferences and needs, you may want to look for someone online, or through friends.
Online dating can be particularly effective when you are geographically or socially isolated - or when partners that fit your preference are in short supply.
Finally, finding some specific relationship preference and need can often be accomplished by networking with others who are compatible in those ways - either online or through social groups.
Their analysis was based on a national longitudinal survey of over four thousand adults, aged 18-59, called the "How Couples Meet and Stay Together" (HCMST) survey.
For short-term relationships and sex, you may want to look for someone during your night life - particularly at bars, clubs, and restaurants.
Individuals at such venues may be more likely to have similar short-term and sexual goals as well.
Particularly, couples who meet in their daily lives, especially through church and school, are more satisfied with their relationships and less likely to break up than couples meeting other ways.
This was supported by earlier surveys, which also found short-term and sexual relationships more likely to be started under the opposite meeting conditions - usually bars and restaurants (Laumann, Gagnon, Michael, & Michaels, 1994).