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Would You Date Someone With A Different Educational Background?

Here's a bit of celebrity gossip for the anthropologically minded: movie stars tend to date people with their same educational background, whether it's P.H.'ds or GEDs. Isn't that weird? Movie stars, who really have their pick of the litter in terms of wealth and hotness, go for people who match them in intellect (or at least in instruction).

Does this mean that subconsciously education levels are way more important to people than we're willing to admit?

According to a recent study in the Journal Of Human Capital:

“What [the data] says is that men and women have very strong preferences for nonfinancial partner traits correlated with education,” Bruze said. “And educational sorting would remain even if the tendency of men and women to work with colleagues of a similar educational background were to disappear or if the role of educational institutions as a meeting place for future husbands and wives were to disappear.”

When you think about it, this makes total sense: people don't want to feel stupid, and they don't want to feel exasperatingly smart in comparison to their partner. So they look for people who match them.

What do you guys think? Does this information surprise you? Is education a big deal to you, or less important than other factors such as religion or cultural background?

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