July 29, 2016
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Romance and the 2016 Election


by Cari Costa '16

Bloomberg PoliticsDo politics play a role in finding a romantic partner? According to an OkCupid survey, which was covered by Bloomberg Politics, the answer is yes, and it is becoming more and more relevant when looking for love.

Over the past four years, the number of OkCupid users looking for romantic partners with similar political beliefs has increased to 25.5 percent, up from the 17 percent during the 2012 election.

Bloomberg Politics spoke to a number of therapists about the trend, including Lawrence Josephs, Ph.D., professor in the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies.

Dr. Josephs discussed that social-psychology research has shown that people generally trust others of their “ingroups”—people with similar opinions and values–more than members of “outgroups.”

“Perhaps when politics becomes more polarized and contentious, it feels too risky to establish a long-term relationship with someone with ‘opposite’ political beliefs,” Dr. Josephs told Bloomberg Politics. “You can’t trust them.”

Read the full Bloomberg Politics article.


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