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Hot or not? Depends how long you've known each other

Hot or not? Depends how long you've known each other

Couples who seem unequally matched in the looks department are more likely to have known each other for a while before dating, according to a new report in the journal Psychological Science. Led by University of Texas at Austin's Lucy Hunt, who was joined by her Texas colleague Paul Eastwick and Northwestern University's Eli Finkel, the researchers set out to explore "assortative mating" — partnering with someone who has similar physical and behavioral traits — and whether that practice is affected by the passage of time. It is, they contend. "Couples who formed their relationships soon after meeting were more likely to match based on physical...

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