The study of thousands of couples found that although opposites may initially be attracted to each other, an inevitable “attack” period follows in which the two become frustrated by their differences.
One primary factor is the inability of the “opposite” couples to settle disputes in an equal matter rather than in a dominant, submissive-type paradigm.
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The dating site, e Harmony.com, is a Santa Monica, Calif.-based company which launched in 2000 and now operates in more than 150 countries around the globe.
A June 2013 report from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) stated that couples who met online were more satisfied than others.
(CBS SACRAMENTO) — Analysis from an online dating website’s compatibility features finds that opposites do not, in fact, attract.
Data researched from online site e Harmony’s Compatibility Matching System shows that similarity between partners is the ticket to a long-term relationship.
Movies like “Dirty Dancing,” or “Sixteen Candles” play up the idea that we're drawn to people completely different from ourselves. Indeed, someone whose appearance, personality, line of work or method of play, religion, life circumstances seem totally different from your own can look quite exciting.
For people who are drawn to newness or are looking for something they wish they had but lack, the attraction to someone different from themselves can be quite intoxicating, at least initially.
“While they may occasionally clash, they’ll do so as equals and ultimately the relationship will be healthier,” write the researchers.
The study showed that opposites would “only attract for a short time” due to intriguing and exciting differences to be explored between the two partners.
But there have been several studies looking at whether opposites do indeed attract and for the most part the answer seems to be no.
The study suggests that those seeking long-term relationships should look for compatibility in a prospective person’s character, rather than the fleeting gratification offered by very different individuals.
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