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People seek out a mate for an intimate relationship

Human mating is the process whereby an individual seeks out another individual with the intention of forming a long-term intimate relationship, marriage, casual relationship, or friendship. The human desire for companionship is one of the strongest human drives. It is an innate feature of human nature, and may be related to the sex drive.

The mating process encompasses the social and cultural processes whereby one person may meet another to assess suitability, the courtship process and the process of forming an interpersonal relationship.

Social occasions[edit]

People at a birthday party in the United States.

Social gatherings are frequently arranged to enable people looking for a partner to meet. Such occasions may be parties of all types and social dances. Sometimes attendance at churches or similar venues would also act as occasions for people to meet. Schools and colleges are also common places for people to meet and form long-term relationships. It is not unknown for couples to form over alcohol or drugs.


Main article: Flirting

In order to bond or to express sexual interest, people flirt. According to Kate Fox, there are two main types of flirting: flirting for fun and flirting with intent.[1] Flirting for fun can take place between friends, co-workers, or total strangers that wish to get to know each other. This type of flirting does not intend to lead to sexual intercourse or romantic relationship, but increases the bonds between two people.

Flirting with intent plays a role in the mate-selection process. The person flirting will send out signals of sexual availability to another, and expects to see the interest returned in order to continue flirting. Flirting can involve non-verbal signs, such as an exchange of glances, hand-touching, hair-touching, or verbal signs, such as chatting up, flattering comments, and exchange of telephone numbers in order to initiate further contact.


Main article: Dating

People date to assess each other's suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship or as a spouse. Dating rules may vary across different cultures, and some societies may even replace the dating process by a courtship instead.


Main article: Matchmaking

In many cultural traditions, a date may be arranged by a third party, who may be a family member, acquaintance, or professional matchmaker. In some cultures, a marriage may be arranged by the couple's parents or an outside party. Recently, internet dating has become popular.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SIRC Guide to flirting". Sirc.org. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 

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New Scientist (blog)
Thu, 14 Feb 2013 02:26:09 -0800

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Discover Magazine (blog)
Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:30:04 -0700

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Discover Magazine (blog)
Fri, 02 Sep 2011 16:19:26 -0700

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ZME Science
Fri, 26 Aug 2011 12:58:42 -0700

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Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Sat, 30 Nov 2013 01:47:29 -0800

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ABC News

ABC News
Sun, 14 Apr 2013 03:22:39 -0700

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Huffington Post
Mon, 04 Feb 2013 16:34:24 -0800

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