(STUDY FINDS) -- SWANSEA, Wales — What’s the number one quality you look for in a potential long-term romantic partner? According to a new international study of over 2,700 college students, the most important quality most people look for in a long-term partner is kindness. Other qualities, such as physical attractiveness or financial stability, were also ranked as important factors, but kindness was given the highest priority.
Researchers from Swansea University in Wales had college students from all over the world construct their ideal lifelong partner using a fixed budget to “buy” different characteristics. The study’s authors made it a priority to include participants from both Western countries (United Kingdom, Australia, Norway) and Eastern countries (Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia).
Each participant was presented with eight different attributes they could spend their “mate dollars” on: kindness, humor, physical attractiveness, strong finances, chastity, strong religious beliefs, creativity, and a desire to have children.
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