Booking on a yoga course together or going on a romantic trip to Paris – spending time in each other’s company is what many couples enjoy the most. In your new relationship, would you like to spend all of your spare time with your partner or would you be quite happy to occasionally do something on your own or with your friends? That’s what we asked you, our singles across 25 countries, and a few of the things you told us were somewhat surprising. What our survey uncovered generally is that you’re all open to someone who may not have that many things in common with you.
Emmanuel Macron, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, George Clooney, Beyoncé and Cheryl Cole all have one thing a common: they’re in a relationship with an age difference of 10 or more years. Two thirds of you also said that age wouldn’t make a difference to you. Particularly men have no issue with age gaps. Of the men surveyed, 68% said they didn’t mind age gaps, while only half the women said they’d be happy to start a relationship with someone much older or younger than themselves.
Being in a relationship with someone who’s already got kids isn’t acceptable to quite a few of you. After all, it’s often the dream to find that special someone and start a family together. Those of you who’ve already got kids needn’t worry though. The majority of you (53%) told us as part of our survey that they wouldn’t mind going out with someone who’s got kids from a previous relationship.
Some couples spend every minute they can together but 53% of you would also find it ok to have a bit of time apart, for example, go on the occasional holiday without your future partner. What’s interesting is that the UK and the US are worlds apart when it comes to being fine with going on holiday without the partner. A clear majority in the UK says, of course, that’s ok, while the majority of US men and women can’t imagine that at all.
We also wanted to know how important it is to have the same hobbies, and the majority of you said sharing the same hobbies wasn’t that important to you: more than 56% didn’t necessarily want a partner with the same hobbies. Looking at the figure for men, it’s even more, 59%.
One thing has become clear: you believe opposites can attract, and having lots in common isn’t absolutely essential for a happy relationship.
Now you want to know what individual nations told us about their preferences? Here’s the full analysis: