Feb. 12, 2007
"Statistically, you're more likely to fall in love with someone who lives within 25 miles," says Michael Kaiser, human relations instructor at Ohio University's Eastern Campus. With Valentine's Day approaching, many people who do not already have that special person are wondering where they will find him or her.
Kaiser said odds of meeting someone are better in small towns, because people will keep running into one another. Many people want to move to the big city to find love, because they think there will be more choices. In reality though, the person across town, who is an hour commute away because of traffic, really is not in your circle of potentials.
Even in a big city, a person is more likely to date someone who is within a couple blocks or even living in the same building. "You run into each other doing laundry, going to the deli, or going to Starbuck's," said Kaiser. Those seem to be the kinds of places that are the central hubs where people gather. If you are in a small town, find the places where people gather. Find the place that is like the bar on "Cheers" - "where everyone knows your name."
Kaiser said people often ask two other questions. First, people want to know if there is love at first sight. Secondly, people want to know if opposites attract. To both of these questions he says, "Yes, but many times it doesn't last very long."