Mental Attitude: What Do Adults Prefer in a Partner?
A survey of 327 adults found friendliness, intelligence, humor, and a sense of fun are the most desirable characteristics for future or potential long-term relationship partners. The researchers note that women found a sense of humor more important than men did and men found an exciting personality more important than did women. They add that individuals who described themselves as playful valued playfulness, humor, a laid-back attitude, a sense of fun, and creativity in potential partners. Study author Dr. René Proyer comments, “Although we should be cautious while interpreting the data, this could be an indication that playful people are actually perceived as more attractive partners or that playfulness increasingly develops in the relationship.” American Journal of Play, February 2015