Some people look like their dogs, but even stranger? People who look like their significant others. It's one of those things you sometimes don't notice at first, until you do and then it's all you can think about. Are they related? They must be related. Distant cousins, I'm sure of it. I should say something, right? I should probably say something.
Well, turns out, those lookalike couples might be on to something: the secret to relationship success.
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New York Magazine cites one study that shows that couples are more likely to look alike than non-couples. In this study, published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, men and women were asked to judge the faces of 60 couples (some real couples, and some fakes included as a control) on a nine-point scale, where 1 represented no similarity and 9 indicated the hypothetical case of opposite-sex twins. For non-couples, the average rating was 3.52. For real couples, the average was 4.05. Facial Attraction: Choice Of Sexual Partner Shaped The Human Face
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One half of such a couple even decided to put these findings to work. After realizing that she and her ex-husband looked a lot alike ("like brother and sister"), Christina Bloom created findyourfacemate.com, set to launch this month. Powered by facial-recognition technology the dating site will zero in on nine points on each face—the eyes, ears, nose, chin, and the corners and center of the mouth—to find similarities. 10 Ways Our Biology Influences Attraction
Is findyourfacemate.com on to something, or is dating your lookalike creepy? We'll let you know what we think after we come back from our candlelit dinner with a small mirror.