Dating people like your parent
From this information, we found that the main predictor for the choice of a partner's eye and hair colour - for men and women - was the eye and hair colour of the parent of the opposite sex.Your own hair and eye colour, or those of the parent of the same sex, were far less important. Can you tell if someone is 'the one' by their face?
If our skin looks sluggish and old for our age, then it suggests that our bodies may have aged too — and we may be a less than desirable mate and long-term partner. You would think we could judge someone’s face by doing some mental maths like this: ‘Face shape looks 50. In our research, putting younger hair on an older face did not shift the person’s perceived age from what people guessed the woman to be when they looked at pictures of her with age-appropriate hair.
But it's not just our parents' colouring that affects the partners we choose in later life - it's their facial features as well.
Researchers at the University of Pecs, Hungary, compared individual photographs of young, married couples with individual photographs of their parents at a similar age to them.
Again, observers found i t surprisingly easy to match up the pictures of a man's mother with the pictures of the man's wife.
Equally, in a separate study, it was found that young women's fathers looked very similar to the men they married.