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To Find a Mate, People Find Religion

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Spirituality, Science and Technology, religion, relationships, Miller McCune,

When sexual competition heats up, people turn toward god. A recent study highlighted by Miller McCune indicates that when people perceive competition over potential mates, they report themselves as “significantly more religious” than other people. The researchers tested college undergraduates by showing them profiles of attractive people and then asking about how religious they are. The men who saw profiles of attractive men, and the women who saw profiles of attractive women, reported that they were more religiously intense than people who were shown profiles of people of the opposite sex. According to Miller McCune, the study seems to imply that “religiosity, like so many other human values, is not as firm and consistent as we tend to believe.”

Source: Miller McCune 

james o'brien
12/2/2009 4:10:42 PM

Unless the author is making a point, isn't it standard journalistic practice to capitalize Osama bin Laden, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and God? (I make no claim to know her personal preference, and merely ask about formbook rules).