Wednesday, April 10, Are we attracted to those who resemble ourselves? Physical appearance aspect in Similarity Theory of Attraction. Such a Cute Couple!
But a new studyusing behavioral data gleaned from social media, shows that people are more like their friends and partners than previously thought. The findings are published in Psychological Sciencea journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The idea that romantic partners or friends would be similar seems pretty intuitive — after all, sharing specific likes and dislikes and having common interests serve as a foundation of our relationships from our earliest days.
It's been a while now, that I've been looking at couples and seeing something that they shared in common. The couples that stayed together the longest, kind of resembled each other. Don't get creeped out here, but there's something about having similar features with your partner that dictates wether or not you will stay together.
It is a known thing that couples oddly appear to look very similar to one another. For the record, long term does not mean months, it means decades. You may have heard that we are more likely to end up with someone who looks similar to ourselves, even if we date people who look different before settling down. So what is really going on here?
It is a truth universally acknowledged that couples which sidestep their individuality and become One Combined Being are the most irritating people at every cocktail party. They refer to themselves in the plural, have matching shirts, and — oddly — even seem to look like each other. Those first two can be stopped, but science has declared that, indeed, the longer you're with a partner and we're talking seriously long-term here; decades, not monthsthe more you resemble each other.
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It is widely believed that couples look alike. Consistently, previous research reported higher facial similarity for couples than non-couples, and that facial similarity predicts marital satisfaction. However, it is unclear if facial similarity in couples shown in previous studies was solely driven by extrinsic features like hairstyle, glasses, etc.
Popular wisdom tells us that opposites attract. Don't get too freaked out when you realize your boyfriend has that same square jaw, or your girlfriend is also a brunette with killer dimples, or that everyone always mistakes you for siblings. Science can explain why so many of us end up dating and marrying people who resemble us.
A leading blog on the science of sex, love, and relationships, written by social psychologist Dr. Justin Lehmiller. But why is this the case?
Would you believe that people who live with each other for 25 years actually develop similar facial features? Then they were asked to judge their resemblance along with the chance that any man and woman were married to each other. The researchers went to a lot of effort to remove extraneous info and crop photos so that only faces could be seen.