According to a new psychological study, those who are either too smart/kind/chill are destined to be single forever. Soz.
It was certainly Mae West who set the needle for promiscuity back in the 1920s with her belief that too many good things were wonderful.
However, wind the clock forward to 2018, where our baser instincts are fed by apps or GTFO, it seems we’re a far more discerning lot. According to a recent psychological study, it seems that we’re put off by polar opposites. If someone is either too clever, too easy going or too good a listener, much wind is taken from many sails, much lead stripped from pencils and many wetlands suddenly turn arid.
I mean, everyone hates a show-off. I just want someone average enough for me, but not average enough to not be great. You know, someone I can talk to, but not someone who is just average, you know?
The minds responsible for the research are Gilles Gignac and Clare Starbuck from the University of Western Australia, oi oi oi.
They asked a sample of Australian university students, of which 70 per cent female and with an average age of 19 (the cads) – to carry out questionnaires on the qualities most people value in a potential romantic companion, allowing them to scale proverbial mates in the fields of good looks, intelligence, kindness, and being chill.
When it came to both being intelligent and being easy going, a prospective companion started to lose their appeal at the top of the scale.
Gilles Gignac, a co-author of the research, said: “It is well established that several mate characteristics are valued highly in a prospective partner. But the sort of continuous measurement used in our research is making it clear that several of these characteristics are associated with a threshold effect – in other words, you can have too much of a good thing.”
Gah. Where are all the solid sevens? Low sixes, where you at?