Dating someone less smart than you

The perfect wife is five years younger than her husband. And, please stare at this very carefully: she is at least 27 percent smarter than her husband. Well, they interviewed 1,074 married and cohabiting couples. I am concerned, though, about what this research might mean for the future of dating.

And they declared, "To produce our optimization model, we use the assumption of a central 'agency' that would coordinate the matching of couples." Indeed. Still, let me tell you about one of these guidelines: marrying a divorcee makes it far more unlikely that you will be happy. Does this mean that every single, available man and woman should have with them an IQ questionnaire at all times--like a batch of questions Google asks during interviews? Because there is nothing else like you in this world? Even in the ideal world, it's hard to make it ideal.

As with all dating experiences, take what works for you, learn from it, and apply those lessons moving forward.

Just remember: even all the Botox and cosmetic surgery in the world won't keep looks from fading.

or someone at least marginally less attractive than you.

Not too long ago, I was on a date with an actor who knew he was hot AF. It was a far cry from when I dated a less attractive dude, who was always so excited to see me.

From my experience, someone's inner beauty is his or her essence. It's their warmth, their generosity, and -- most importantly -- how they make you feel when you're around them. And suddenly there it was: I was helplessly attracted to him.

Or it might make you realize that certain aspects are essential, like, say, a sense of humor.

Gavin Rossdale, Jude Law, and Ben Affleck all have two things in common: they're traditionally handsome, and they fucked their kids' nannies.

They cheated because they could, and they knew they could.

And Now, I'm certainly not going to put myself into the same camp with the Julia Roberts and Padmas of the world...

but I, too, have dated my fair share of Salman Rushdies.

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