A survey of 2,000 Americans found that most people value the idea of being “compatible” with someone when choosing a partner (89%), with 68% believing that someone who is “compatible” is similar to them.
Another 72% of people are romantics who believe that people are destined to be together and a similar number believe in soulmates (73%).
Other lessons people learned from dating someone they weren’t a good match with were to “always go with your gut when you feel something is not right,” “don’t try to make something fit when it absolutely can not” and “don’t lower your standards, ever!
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Hily , the survey revealed people have a good idea of what they’re looking for in a partner by age 25. And 65% believe finding someone compatible is less stressful as they age.
For most, having similar goals/lifestyles is key to finding a match (69%), but 79% still think that people from different walks of life can still be compatible with one another.
The results suggest that compatibility means sharing the same values or preferences (81%), while 68% said someone is compatible with them if they get along with their family.
One in six are careful about who they bring home, though, waiting at least a year into dating someone before introducing them to their family (17%), and three in five would seek an opinion from a close friend on whether or not someone is compatible with them.
People believe the top qualities that are most important when determining a good match are being able to accept someone as they are (50%), having a similar taste in music or movies (49%), or having similar personality traits (47%).
“Compatibility helps to create a strong and authentic connection with your partner,” said Marisa T. “One major component is sharing similar worldviews and beliefs. This, however, doesn’t mean that you and your partner are carbon copies of one another; rather, you share important core values.