Dating survey question

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Please, please, please tell me that this question wasn’t posed by someone who is seeking a partner that is okay with “Once a week or less” and who might be okay with someone who answered “A couple times a week.” I picture an army of hippies doused in patchouli, arm in arm and it makes me want to gag. I’m an editor, and if you can’t tell the difference between "there," "their" and "they’re," please do not apply. Who has been a) on a date with someone whose idea of dinner out was the plastic cans behind IHOP; or b) thinks that such a date is their idea of a good time?

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Ted Huston, a leading researcher on transitions in relationships, marriage and parenthood, followed couples for 13 years starting in 1979.

He states in his study that happily married couples dated for approximately 25 months before getting married. Couples who were unhappily married soon after they said “I do” and quickly divorced more often married at or after three years.

In my 20s, you met people — wait for it — in a bar.

But I was still pretty shocked by some of OKCupid member’s queries. All of those are bad answers that make me want to smack my forehead and sigh. And, honestly, if I’m not wearing a dress or going on a date, I’ve never considered shaving my legs to be a necessity, much less an obligation.

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These are just some of the answers to user-generated questions asked by OKCupid, a dating site and app with 5 million monthly users.

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