What young people around the world want most in a partner

A new study finds an unexpected trait that young people want in a lifelong partner.

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  • A new study from the UK looked at dating preferences of 2,700 international students.
  • The study found that kindness was the top trait preferred by both men and women in a lifelong partner.
  • Looks, financial stability and a sense of humor were also important but with differences across cultures.
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Why getting to love is 'daunting' for millennials

Have sexual interludes obscured the path to love?

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  • The majority of millennials are still unmarried by age 32.
  • Susan Winter, a relationship expert based in New York City, says the culture of modern dating has had an impact.
  • Among her tips for finding love? Act in accordance with what you said you want.
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How smart is 'too smart' for a romantic partner?

Is high IQ really something that can genuinely turn people on? Apparently so — but only to a certain point. 

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There's a "magic ratio" for how often happy couples argue

Dr. Gottman, a psychologist who studies relationships, explains the 5:1 rule.

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Everyone knows couples break up when they fight too much. But what if they don't fight enough?

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Men who have tattoos think it impresses women. Study finds it doesn’t.

One reason: women perceive men with tattoos as more likely to cheat. 

 

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Most of us are aware that women, at least on some level, are attracted to the “bad boy." Evolutionary anthropologists tell us this is because a woman in the Stone Age competed for the attention of a male who could protect her and their young, and provide for them. Today however, society has changed. And in fact, many times it is the sociable and intellectual male who turns out to be the best provider, while those who are aggressive, rebellious, and uncompromising, often have a tougher time. Many women date the rebellious archetype in their teen or young adult years, usually thinking they can change him, only to end up with a broken heart. According to this new study, that experience might be a steep learning curve.

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