Dating someone different social class
JS: Your class background shapes how you want to go about your daily life, and it does so in really systematic ways.
Systematically, strangers who have never met yet who share a class background often have more in common with each other than spouses with whom they share their life if they came from different classes.
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Therefore, we are more likely to initiate and try to maintain a relationship with a potential partner who matches our own level of physical attractiveness (Ha et al., 2010; Shaw Taylor et al., 2011).
With the lyrics in mind—and the relevant research in hand—my colleagues and I examined this phenomenon ourselves (Fugère et al., 2015).
Vox asked Streib to explain how class looms over our romantic relationships, even when we don't realize it.
Danielle Kurtzleben: How did you decide you wanted to study cross-class couples?
Do you believe she (or he) is much more attractive than you are?
If so, you may want to give your pursuit a second thought: A variety of research suggests that couples who do not match one another in their approximate levels of physical attractiveness tend to have less successful romantic relationships.