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What should you talk about on a first date? What shouldn’t you?

When talking about movies, less than 9 percent of the pairs wanted to meet up again, compared to 18 percent when participants spoke about the top topic—travel. A clue to why would-be lovers might want to avoid chatting about movies comes from additional data from the study. At the beginning of the evening, we asked everyone to indicate their favorite types of films. The results revealed that men and women have very different tastes. For instance, 49 percent of men liked action films compared to just 18 percent of women, and 29 percent of women liked musicals, compared to only 4 percent of men. Whenever I walked past the table where participants were talking about films, all I heard was arguing. In contrast, the conversations about travel tended to revolve around great holidays and dream destinations, and that makes people feel good and so appear more attractive to one another. 

This is from Richard Wiseman’s very interesting book Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things. If you liked Freakonomics, you’ll enjoy it.

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