If you’re like many people you’re probably wondering what is the secret to long-lasting love, right? Well, four Harvard mathematicians have revealed what the three simple questions are that could determine whether a relationship is likely to last.
1) “Do you like horror movies?”
2) “Have you ever traveled around another country alone?”
3) “Wouldn’t it fun to chuck it all and go live on a sailboat?”
If you find someone that answers these questions the same way you do, well then congratulations! You’re a perfect match for each other! In case you’re wondering, my answers to those questions are: No, Yes, and No.
The four mathematicians who came up with these questions know a thing or two about love. They are responsible for building OK Cupid, which is the fastest- growing dating website.
They gave an interview for the book The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well, and in the interview they offered insight into what they think makes a relationship work.
They said that they wanted to build a “compatibility algorithm” site based on answers to survey questions. These three questions above all others seemed to determine if you and another person have long-term potential.
The mathematicians also talked about what immediately turns users off, and the most successful online dating poses. When it comes to messages, reply rates will plummet if there is bad grammar and spelling. Also, when replying to a match, buzzwords like “awesome” and “fascinating” prove to be much more popular than physical compliments like “beautiful” or “sexy.”
“The best pose for men is ‘mysterious and sexy,’ looking off camera and not smiling, whereas women who hold the camera above their head and look coy and flirty receive more hits.”
And how can women get the least number of hits? Well, one way is if they look away from the camera as if to make it seem like they are flirting with someone else, according to the experts.
And what’s another question that guys should always ask? Whether his potential date likes the taste of beer. According to the mathematicians, she will be 30% more likely to sleep with him on the first date if she says “yes.”