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City life can be alienating. It’s why we turn to online dating, social media, and humble but excellent tech blogs for connection. But at least one recent study has shown that one of the worst parts of city life—commuting—can be a great predictor of marital bliss.
The study found that couples commuting merely in the same direction had happier marriages. They didn’t have to commute to the same place, or even leave at the same time. To test their findings, they had pairs of students run a simple errand, with some pairs taking the same route, and some taking different routes. The findings held.
The experts aren’t sure why commuting in the same direction causes you to find your partner more tolerable, but they suspect it might be a deeper cognitive function that links superficial traits (walking in the same direction) to larger concepts (having the same goals, life outlook, etc).
Next time you look for a date, maybe the best place to start isn’t the bar, but the bus. Going my way?