Why it’s better to fall for a book lover | Barbara Ellen

Readers have something special about their characters

The dating site eHarmony has revealed that certain books render people veritable catnip to the opposite sex. To be clear, we’re not in the realms of Dostoevsky here. Women are most attracted to men who list go-getter business books, such as those by Richard Branson, on their dating profile, while men are driven into a passionate frenzy by women mentioning Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games. Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo hits the sweet spot for both sexes.

However, the main attraction is that people are reading at all, especially if they’re men. While women who put reading on their profiles received 3% more messages, men received 19% more. Let’s not forget those other studies that suggest that being a reader reduces the chances of depression and dementia, while improving everything from brain function, empathy and general wellbeing throughout life.

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