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Here’s What Men And Women REALLY Want In A Spouse!

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For centuries men and women have been searching for that special quality that makes the perfect spouse. While still desire finding that special someone to spend the rest of our life with, those qualities we look for have certainly changed over the years.

In fact, an article published in Tuesday’s Washington Post looked at what men and women wanted in a spouse in 1939 and how it is different today!

First, the article examines the traits that people value more today:

For both men and women, mutual attraction and love rose up the ranks, to become the most highly ranked trait in 2008. (In 1939, women ranked “dependable character” as the most important quality in a prospective husband, while men chose emotional stability and maturity.)

For both sexes, education and intelligence, good looks, good financial prospect, sociability, a similar education background and a similar political background all rose in the ranks over the years.

For both sexes, education and intelligence, good looks, good financial prospect, sociability, a similar education background and a similar political background all rose in the ranks over the years.

Women ranked a favorable social status for their partner more highly in 2008 than in 1939. Interestingly, men rated a woman’s desire for home and children and good cooking and housekeeping more highly over time — perhaps because these qualities were no longer taken for granted in a wife.

Then there are the traits that declined in importance, shown in red on Roser’s chart. For both men and women, the importance of chastity nose-dived, from #10 in 1939 to #18 in 2008. Emotional stability and maturity, a pleasing disposition, good health, and refinement and neatness also declined for both sexes.

For women, a similar religious background and a desire for home and children became less important in their mates, while men placed less value on ambition and industriousness in their wives.

Now watch this:

Do you agree with the traits described above? What did you look for in a spouse before you got married, or what are you still looking for? Share your thoughts with us below!

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