Sunday, February 14, 2016

Politics, Dating & Mating

A new study by political scientists suggests interesting things about the role of politics in dating and mating.

Politics, Dating & Mating


(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Yo, chief, see that fun little study just out on politics, dating and mating?

BE: Politicians have ALWAYS dated and mated. Even after they're married.

JB: No, no. This is a study by some political scientists bout how one's political preferences are generally withheld or a non-factor during the dating game but end up as pretty much the same preferences as one's long-term mate.

BE: Probably because during the dating game the only positions anybody cares about are positions related to ....

JB: Whoa. I get it. And you might be right. But the study -- by Brown University's Rose McDermott, the University of Miami's Casey Klofstad and Penn State's Peter Hatemi, and published in the journal "Evolution and Human Behavior" -- has some interesting findings.

BE: Wait, they all believe in evolution? Is Gov. Perry aware of this journal?

JB: Stop. The study looked at about 3,000 randomly sampled profiles from online dating sites and found only 14% included "political interests." It ranked 23rd out of 27 interest categories, just below "video games."

BE: I like video games.

JB: There's more: the study found daters were more likely to admit they were overweight than to say they were liberal or conservative.

BE: Well, with the rise of Gov. Christie, maybe full-figures are politically preferred.

JB: And among the few who admitted to having "political interests," a majority (57%) said they were "middle of the road."

BE: Too bad we can't elect THEM to Congress.

JB: The reason political scientists find all this interesting is because earlier studies suggest those in long-term relationships share political views almost more than any other trait.

BE: Those studies never contacted my family.

JB: And so this study, "Do Bedroom Eyes Wear Political Glasses? The Role of Politics in Human Mate Attraction," says while politics might not be much of a factor at first, something happens between the short term and the long term that make couples more politically compatable than not.

BE: Yeah, it's called going along to get along.

JB: And these researchers suggest this is important because political ideology tends to be passed along to offspring.


JB: I gotta go....grrrr.





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