Zorba the Hutt (zorbathut) wrote,
Zorba the Hutt

    One of the most important determinants of attraction and liking is sheer proximity. By now, dozens of studies have shown that if you want to predict who will make friends with whom, the first thing to ask is who is nearby. Students who live next to each other in a dormitory or sit next to each other in classes develop stronger relations than those who live or sit only a bit farther away. Similarly, members of a bomber crew become much friendlier toward fellow crew members who work right next to them than toward others only a few feet away (Berschied and Walster, 1978; Berscheid, 1985).
    What holds for friendship also holds for mate selection. The statistics are rather impressive. For example, of all the couples who took out marriage licenses in Columbus, Ohio, during the summer of 1949, more than half were people who lived within sixteen blocks of each other when they went out on their first date (Clarke, 1952). Much the same holds for the probability that an engagement will ultimately lead to marriage; the farther apart the two live, the greater the chance that the engagement will br broken off (Bersheid and Walster, 1978). (Basic Psychology, Gleitman, Fridlund, and Reisberg, p.414)
It's so nice to know that my life at least doesn't break any psychological rules . . .
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