Who Knew THIS Could Be So Sexy?You fall in love and marry for many reasons. A fabulous physique. A great sense of humor. An abiding trust. But did you know you're also attracted to his or her bachelor's degree? One of the traits that attracts us to our mates is educational achievement. It turns out that our "educational DNA" is one of the sparks that helps light the romantic fire. British researchers have concluded that our genes drive us to a relationship with someone who has a similar level of education.
Led by David Hugh-Jones, a senior lecturer at the University of East Anglia School of Economics, the study team followed 1,600 men and women in the United Kingdom who were either married or living together.
They found that those who had genes for high educational achievement tended to marry and have children with someone who had similar DNA.
While it's long been known that we tend to choose mates who have similar traits--a phenomenon that is called "assortative mating"--this is one of the first studies to suggest that genetics plays a role in selecting a partner with similar education levels.
"The consequences of assortative mating on education and cognitive abilities are relevant for society and for the genetic makeup--and therefore the evolutionary development--of subsequent generations," Hugh-Jones said in a university news release.
Translation: Smart, highly educated people will marry each other and produce children who are also smart and highly educated. This is good for society, but also increases social inequality in future generations.
The study was published recently in the journal Intelligence.
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