Nietzsche suggested that intellectual attraction would provide a deeper and more durable foundation for relationships than sex appeal.
Research suggests that the ability to communicate is central to relationship durability.
Sexual attraction is undoubtedly an important part of romance.
But from a Nietzschean perspective, strong-willed people enjoy the intoxication of loving, but have the big picture in mind: they realize the main criterion for choosing a long-term partner ought to be the ability to hold a decent conversation.
Another 2010 study found – unsurprisingly – that couples who criticized and yelled at each other early in the marriage had higher divorce rates.
More than 10 percent of American adults – and almost 40 percent of people who identify as “single and looking” – are using them.
But what might someone from the 19th century think about this unique fusion of technology and romance?
They suggested that as long as we don’t include the obsessiveness of the early phases of romantic love in our definition of it, then long-term romance may be possible.
Whatever the lucky number, the reality is that over one-third of marriages do not make it to a 25-year silver anniversary.
A 2012 study found that the Internet has allowed users to find partners more easily, especially homosexuals and middle-aged people who operate in a “thin market.” The big question is whether marriages that originate online work out in the long run. Some studies suggest that American marriages that begin online are slightly less prone to collapse than those who met offline. Nonetheless, there’s an inherent problem with how these online relationships begin – at least, from a Nietzschean perspective.