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Millennials say date’s political ideas are more important than gender, research reports

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January is the most popular time to meet singles, according to Tinder. And a new year means a lot of new dating trends to be wary before jumping back on the market.

Nobody sleeping with the enemy these days.

“If I see someone who is like, ‘I’m a moderate or conservative,” I love sweeping,” Bronx resident Nadine Anglesey tells The Post. The 33-year-old art director is not dated, a conservative since the 2016 election — even if they are attracted to him. “Yesterday a man [on the dating app Hinge] seemed really great ‘until I saw that he marked himself as a conservative,” she says. “I nipped that in the bud.”

Anglesey is not the only one: Whether red or blue, most millennials would pick up their party than the best lay of their life, according to new research.

The number of millennial men and women who give priority to a political party alliance about good sex has skyrocketed since 2016, according to data from OkCupid.
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The number of millennial men and women who give priority to a political party alliance about good sex has skyrocketed since 2016, according to data from OkCupid. The matchmaking company examined more than 8 million users, and found that the interest in dating someone with similar political beliefs has risen from 165 per cent since 2004, while having good sex is taken as a priority by 30 percent.

Specifically, between 2016 and 2018, the number of women who consider politics more important than sex, shot up from 27 percent to 42 percent, while for men that needle moved from 23 percent to 30 percent.

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So what is the link? Manhattan sex therapist Megan Fleming thinks dating strictly within the party is to make people comfortable comfortable.

“If you’re only exposed to people who think like you, you live in a silo and missed opportunities,” said Fleming. She is of the opinion that less intellectual stress can lead to less of a lustful spark in a relationship. She encourages her patients out of their comfort zone — in love and in bed.

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That was the case for Julie, a 27-year-old Brooklyn, the liberal and the senior public relations manager who dated a Republican for three years. For the political class, Julie says, “Everything was very extreme” — including the sex. After particularly frustrating, politically charged conversations, “We’d have make-up sex”, that was “better than normal,” she says.

It was not enough to keep them together, and today Julie — who declined to give her last name for privacy reasons — finds going out with fellow-liberals “a breath of fresh air.” But she misses the adventure of being with someone very different from themselves. “[We] enjoyed being challenged and challenging each other, and maybe that’s something I’m still looking for,” she says. She is currently single and open to being a conservative again, depends on “his faith.”

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That is also true on the other side of the aisle. Adam Bandler, a 22-year-old Republican, says a date’s political beliefs are hardly a problem for him. “I don’t really care how one politically identifies,” says one NYU student, adding that “political ideology” is not something he “even believe” in a potential partner.

This story was originally published by the New York Post. Read more here.

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