Today’s Trending Topics is all about George Clooney and what we’ve uncovered about him in our 5th Annual Singles in America study. (Well, what we’ve uncovered about single men in general.) We’re calling it the “Clooney Effect.”
Like George Clooney, many men seek the “new woman” – someone who is smart, powerful and self-sufficient. 87% of single men would date a woman who makes ‘considerably more’ money and who is considerably better-educated and more intellectual than themselves; 86% seek a woman who is confident and self-assured, and 39% would also make a long-term commitment to a woman who is 10 or more years older.
This trend is sweeping the nation. Here are a few of our favorite “Clooney Effect” couples:
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied
Portman was a semi-finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search competition in high school. She studied neuroscience and psychology at Harvard University and attended graduate school at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She’s fluent in Hebrew and has studied Japanese, Arabic, French, and German.
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
Banks graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. She’s also a member of the Massachusetts Junior Classical League.
Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman
Beckinsale won the W.H. Smith Young Writerss Competition twice in her teens for short stories and poems. She also studied French and Russian literature at New College, Oxford. She’s fluent in French, Russian, and German. As if that’s not enough, she also has a reported IQ of 152.
Shakira and Gerard Piqué
Shakira is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. In addition to her native Spanish, she speaks English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic and Catalan.
Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy
Danes studied psychology at Yale and attended the Dalton School, the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, the Professional Performing Arts School, and the French-speaking Lycée Français de Los Angeles.
In its fifth year, Match’s Singles in America study examines the attitudes and behaviors of over 5,600 singles across the nation, of every ethnicity and religion, from 18-70+ in age, in order to get a full glimpse on how singles view love and relationships today. With the help of our friends at Research Now and super-smart people like Dr. Helen Fisher and Dr. Justin R. Garcia, we asked over 100 questions covering a multitude of topics ranging from love and technology to the effect that independent, educated women are having on single men. Ready to find out what singles really had to say? Click here for more info!
Last Saturday, February 8th, Match.com hosted our first ever #SinglesinAmerica panel moderated by the one and only Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger! More than 75 relationship writers and bloggers came together to celebrate the 4th annual Singles in America study– the largest and most comprehensive study ever conducted on singles. The lively panel discussion covered some of the most interesting findings— everything from do’s and don’ts of a first date, to texting and social media etiquette, to modern day sex and relationships. In case you missed it, check the video out below!
Match.com’s Singles in America study, now in its fourth year, examines the attitudes and behaviors of over 5,300 singles across the nation- unmarried men and women from Alabama to Wyoming, city slickers to suburbanites, of every ethnicity and religion, from 18-70+ in age, in order to get a full glimpse on how singles view love and relationships today. The study, conducted by ResearchNow in November 2013, included nearly 150 questions covering everything from faking it with a partner, to singles’ views on gay marriage, to how much singles are spending on their dating lives. Ready to find out what singles really had to say? Click here to learn more!