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Why do people get married? Quite contrary to what books, films, songs, and TV dramas tell us, anthropologists

recognize that love and sexual attraction are not the key reasons most people get married, either in the United States or in other countries.

What other factors are considered important when individuals decide to get married and which of these, or combination of these, are crucial in determining the long term success of marriage? Which qualities would you personally look for in a marriage partner (or if you are married, what did you look for)? Would you be comfortable with someone else selecting your marriage partner for you rather than doing so yourself? What factors might contribute to deciding to never marry and would there be any negative consequences to remaining permanently unmarried in your culture/society?

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