There are so many different ways to meet people today, whether you do it IRL, online, or have someone fix you up. Unlike dating apps that typically use algorithms to find your perfect match or friends who like to pawn you off to their other single friends, matchmakers work with you to figure out what you really want in a partner in order to find the best possible match for you. According to matchmakers, there's one thing millennials really want in a partner above everything else.
Three Day Rule, a full-service matchmaking service backed by Match, recently conducted a study of over 3,000 dates they put together. Although going to a matchmaker isn't something you hear everyday, it might surprise you to know that over a third of their clients are millennials and a huge majority of them are male (80 percent versus 20 percent female). That's not a typical thing either. The majority of their Gen X and Baby Boomer clients happen to be female (60 percent versus 40 percent male).
"The way that millennials define what it means to be in a relationship is quite different than their parents," Wie says. There is no 'right' type of relationship. You can be cohabitating together but not married, you could be in a polyamorous relationship, and you can have children on your own without a committed partner. They're less anxious about marriage and building a nuclear family, and they place less importance on the institution of marriage and more on the quality of the relationship without the official certificate."
Since young people aren't as traditional in their views on what a relationship is, what we look for in a partner is so much different as well. Here's what young people really want in a partner and how it differs from previous generations: