There are no rules in love except scientific ones, and researchers at Northwestern University have a new batch of guidelines to add to nature’s laws.
Scientists named Hunt, Eastwick, and Finkel were studying “assortive mating,” or, the principle that people who are similar tend to marry each other (whether those similarities are behavioral or physical, etc.), when they decided to take a look at those couples wherein one essentially marries up.
Researchers gathered 167 couples (who were unfortunately rather skewed toward the majority white and heterosexual) and asked them a series of questions about how long they’ve known each other versus how long they’ve been actually romantic. The level of attractiveness of each person in each couple was decided by an unconnected “undergraduate coder.”
Basically, the study found that couples who met shortly before they began dating (less than 1 month) tended to be equally attractive. However, couples that were unequal levels of attractiveness (as decided by coders) had known each other for a significant amount of time before they got romantic.
Essentially what we’re saying is that if you’ve been friend-zoned, there may be hope for you yet.
Read more on this study at Jezebel.
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