Monday, January 03, 2005

Too smart to get married?

According to this article, I'm not going to get married because I'm too smart.

8 comments:

Bowly said...

"The study is based on the IQs of 900 men and women between their 10th and 40th birthdays."

I don't think high IQ was what was stopping the 10 year olds from getting married.

explora said...

Well, you are smart - but if you are really, REALLY smart you'll end up realizing that to get married is the smart thing to do. To the right person, of course.

Brian Macker said...

Based on your picture I don't think you are going to have a problem getting married if you want to.

Blue said...

I hate to say it, but there is probably a lot of truth to that poll. As a single guy in his 30s, I am always keeping an eye open for potential long-term relationships. I look for intelligent, well-educated women, but these same women are usually busy starting a career, not in looking for marraige and families, so they miss out on some potentially good mates (not saying that includes me!). Just a thought from the other side.

By the way, nice new blog!

Paul Snively said...

I distinctly recall encountering this phenomenon when I began trying to date again after my divorce. The first woman I asked out after I moved to Los Angeles—a colleague with her computer science degree from Carnegie Mellon—literally didn't realize that she was being asked on a date. Call me old-fashioned, but I thought it was obvious when a man suggested going to dinner and a play that it was a date. So I concluded that she wasn't interested in pursuing a relationship and didn't ask again. Just as well: I found the right woman not much later!

The problem with studies like this is that they only take snapshots of time: they don't account for the fact that someone who is unavailable for a relationship at one point in time might very well become available later, and vice-versa. Or someone may feel that someone else is too smart from them at one time, and gain confidence later. So I wouldn't put too much stock in this. It seems to me that the best approach to forming relationships remains self-selection: hang out with people who generally are like the kind of people you'd want a relationship with, and things will happen!

Jacqueline Mackie Paisley Passey said...

Well, it looks like I won't be getting married either. We can be libertarian spinster chicks together.

EZE said...

I don't think this applies as much to the US as it might other countries. People with a high IQ just have to work harder. Working in government no doubt does not help your cause of finding intelligent people with which to comingle.

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