Atheists Have a Dating Disadvantage

I’m not religious, I’m spiritual.  In Feb. The Star Phoenix reported that a new study shows that people who describe themselves as spiritual are more attractive than those who are not.

A sweeping new psychological survey has come to the conclusion that North Americans tell others they have spiritual beliefs to appear more attractive, especially to prospective mates.

People subconsciously paint flattering pictures of themselves by revealing they have inner spiritual beliefs, according to Constantine Sedikides, a social psychologist at Southampton University in Britain.

In other words, Sedikides is using academic jargon to say that North Americans on the dating scene who say they’re intrinsically religious, i.e. naturally “spiritual,” have a better chance of success than if they act as if they’re only externally “religious.”

Why is this? Sedikides wonders if people believe the self-worth of a person rises if they believe themselves, or others, are valued in the eyes of a divine reality.

Other evolutionary psychologists have speculated self-enhancement expands when people assume, rightly or wrongly, “spiritual” people may be more trustworthy, believe in something beyond their own self-interest or are inclined to monogamy.

Metro Vancouver’s non-spiritual are at a mating disadvantage, in two ways. Their first handicap is they do not belong to one of thousands of spiritual communities, where they could meet a likely prospect.

The second drawback is they won’t use what’s turning out to be the ultimate pickup line of the 21st century: “I’m spiritual.”

If worst comes to worst, they might have to fake it.

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2 Responses to “Atheists Have a Dating Disadvantage”

  1. scaryreasoner Says:

    I personally find “spiritual” and “religious” to be equally repugnant turnoffs, akin to a facial tumor.

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