Breaking news: You’re a mere 41 miles from your future spouse. And the really good news? There’s science to back up this claim. A recent study of 2,000 adults found that, on average, their Mr. or Mrs. Right lived just over 40 miles away when they met. And that all-important meeting spot? A pub or a bar, arranged through friends. Two other cool findings…
*One in three people fell in love and got together with someone who lived just five miles away at the time.
*38% fell for someone in the same town.
“When you’re single all you can think about is if and when you’re going to meet the love of your life and where you will meet them,” said researcher Benjamin Bak. “This research should be encouraging to anyone hoping to find a partner as it shows that they aren’t on the other side of the world or hundreds of miles away.”
Well, my parents are sure a testament to this theory. They lived in the same town growing up, but surprisingly never crossed paths. Then when my mom went away to college (coincidentally about 40 miles away), my dad went with his friend to visit his friend’s girlfriend, who went to the same college and was friends with my mom. The stars aligned and the rest, as they say, was history. My aunt’s story is similar. She met her husband when they were in the same youth group at their church. Several of my other aunts also met their husbands either in college or as teenagers.
When you think about it, it’s amazing how close our future spouses actually are. To think that they could be down the street, across town or even right next door is sort of magical and romantic, don’t you think?
So, friends, I’d love to know: Where did you meet your spouse? Did you meet them close to home? At work? On a blind date? Were you set up by friends? How do you think the Internet and online dating will change things? For the better? xoxo