The world is not the same place it was in the 1930's and neither is the way that people chose their mates. Washington Post staffer Ana Swanson takes a look at a study which compares the factors heterosexual men and women considered important in 1939 and what they considered important in 2008.

One of the things that stood out about the study was that both men and women valued mutual attraction (love) and education more in 2008 than they did in 1939. Some of the numbers were more surprising:

Women ranked a favorable social status for their partner more highly in 2008 than in 1939. Interestingly, men rated a woman’s desire for home and children and good cooking and housekeeping more highly over time — perhaps because these qualities were no longer taken for granted in a wife.

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