People Play Matchmaker To Make Themselves Happier

It was only a matter of time before your meddlesome great aunt who wants to set you up with that nice young man from her bowls club came to the attention of social researchers. But her 15 minutes of fame under the social scientists’ microscope has come.

A recent article published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal has found that despite Aunt Enid’s protestations that she only wants your complete happiness, she’s really looking out for Numero Uno.

And so too is the smug couple intent on rescuing you from your miserable singledom by setting you up with any unattached person in their acquaintance with a pulse.

In four separate studies – four! – to explore the psychology underlying people’s proclivity to play matchmaker, researchers Lalin Anik and Michael I. Norton found that chronic matchmaking is associated with an increased sense of wellbeing.

That’s right, matchmakers are matchmaking because it makes them happy, not you.


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