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People with same political opinions fall in love over internet, new research finds romantic choices linked to politics. 

Birds of a feather? When it comes to finding a mate, shared political views matters, according to a new US study. Painting of Romeo and Juliet, a symbol of romantic love (Source: Wikipedia)

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When looking for love online, politics matter

12 Feb 2013
AFP Relax News

Announced Monday, a new study on online dating finds that political affiliation rivals education levels as one of the most important factors in finding a suitable mate. 

Researchers from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Yale University analyzed thousands of interactions from an online dating website in the US, finding that men and women opt to pursue romantic connections with people from their own political party and with similar political beliefs.

"We underestimate how much politics affects our daily lives," says study coauthor Neil Malhotra, Stanford Graduate School of Business associate professor. "After an election is over, we don't think about it, but in fact our political affiliations strongly affect other aspects of our lives, such as our romantic choices."

Interestingly, the research finds that when two people with similar political beliefs pair up, their children are more likely to have more "extreme views." Additional research shows that children are more moderate if their parents have differing political viewpoints

(Source: Bangkok Post, Health, When looking for love online, politics matter, 12 Feb 2013, AFP Relax News, link)

 
Online Dating Vocabulary

online dating - when people meet on an "online dating service" and then go on dates 
online dating service - (See Wikipedia)
online dating website - Same as "online dating service"

date -
การนัดหมาย, การนัดพบ
go on a date

dating - when
two people who are interested in each other (a form of courtship consisting of social activities done by two people with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship or as a spouse)

interaction -
 การกระทำระหว่างกัน, การมีปฏิสัมพันธ์, การสื่อสารระหว่างกัน
interactions on an online dating website

romance (noun) - the feeling of love and a strong emotional attraction towards another person, a deep and strong emotional desire to connect with and be with another person (in "romance" the emotion of "love" is stronger than the emotion of "sexual desire" (See Wikipedia & Wiktionary)
ความรัก

romantic
(adjective) - (See Wiktionary)
romantic love - love for your girlfriend, boyfriend, wife or husband (not for your mother, father, brother, etc)
romantic choices - who you choose for your girlfriend, boyfriend, wife or husband ....

mate - a sexual partner (someone you have sex with such as your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or one night stand
finding a mate

suitable - right for a situation; acceptable or right for someone or something เหมาะสม
a suitable mate 
finding a suitable mate 

view - ความเห็น
political views

shared - ใช้ร่วมกัน, ร่วมกันทำ
shared political views

it matters - it is important 
shared political views matter
politics
matter

birds of a feather - people who have the same interests and beliefs (saying: "birds of a feather flock together" meaning "people with the same interests and beliefs are friends and socialize or stay together") (See Wiktionary)

Birds of a feather? When it comes to finding a mate, shared political views matters, according to a new US study

online - connected to the internet
When looking for love online, politics matter

politics (noun) - การเมือง
political (adjective) - เกี่ยวกับการเมือง

affiliation - a connection with a political party or religion, or with a larger organisation การผูกพัน
political affiliation - what political party or group you are a member of (red shirt or yellow shirt, for example)

factors - the different things that affect the outcome of a situation, event, or decision ปัจจัย
factors in finding a suitable mate 

politics is one of the most important factors in finding a suitable mate 

Announced Monday, a new study on online dating finds that political affiliation rivals education levels as one of the most important factors in finding a suitable mate.

analyze - วิเคราะห์, ศึกษา, ตรวจสอบ, พิจารณา
researchers analyzed thousands of interactions from an online dating website

pursue - to work at something or carry it out ทำให้ลุล่วง to try to achieve something พยายามเพื่อให้ได้มาซึ่ง ดำเนินตาม  
pursue romantic connections

opt - to make a choice or a decision from a range of possibilities เลือก
opt to pursue romantic connections

Researchers from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Yale University analyzed thousands of interactions from an online dating website in the US, finding that men and women opt to pursue romantic connections with people from their own political party and with similar political beliefs.

election - the process of choosing a person or a group of person for a position, especially by voting elect (v) electoral (adj) synonym: the polls การเลือกตั้ง

After an election is over, we don't think about it, but in fact our political affiliations strongly affect other aspects of our lives, such as our romantic choices.

pair up - join together, become a couple, become girlfriend and boyfriend, marry
when two people with similar political beliefs pair up

extreme - 1. considered unreasonable by many people ที่สุดโต่ง 2. much more severe or serious than usual ที่ร้ายแรงมาก, ที่รุนแรงที่สุด
extreme views

moderate
- neither very great nor very small in strength, size, amount or degree ระดับปานกลาง

viewpoints
- opinions and beliefs about some issue
differing political viewpoints

Interestingly, the research finds that when two people with similar political beliefs pair up, their children are more likely to have more "extreme views." Additional research shows that children are more moderate if their parents have differing political viewpoints.

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