If you had to guess what term women search for the most when perusing the halls of internet dating, you would think it would be something kind of generic like "intelligent," "funny," or "socially progressive." But according to Match.com's analytics, one of the words most commonly searched on the dating site by straight women is the term "golf," which gets an average of 7,000 hits a month. Not only that, but men who list "golf" as one of their interests are reportedly 33 percent more successful at finding dates on the site.
Now, if the word "golf" conjures up an image for you of a slightly pudgy, wheezing, middle-aged wealthy white guy, this revelation might be a source of confusion. But it makes sense when you consider that the game is traditionally associated with men who are well-bred, well-educated, and very genteel.
"Golf is the ultimate gentleman's game, and women crave a gentleman," Helen Fisher, Ph.D., Match's chief scientific adviser and biological anthropologist, said in a press releaseaccording to Glamour. "Golf is also a social game [and] one rarely plays alone, so golfers tend to enjoy social situations and have 'people skills.' … Golfers can pull themselves away from the desk to relax; they have a passion; and they have enough money to enjoy their passion. Who wouldn't want a gracious, elegant, honorable and financially stable squire?"
So there you have it: golf is the key to love. Use that information wisely.
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