While your grandmother probably prayed that her future husband would be a caring father or know how to raise a barn or just be a supernatural hump machine (pausing to let that image sink in), these days it seems everyone is hoping to find their "soul mate." And while it may sound romantic, in reality trying to find your soul mate can lead to The Last Airbender levels of disappointment.
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"Your concept of romance was already dead."
According to one recent poll, a whopping 73 percent of single Americans in their 20s believe in the idea of a soul mate, and they consider finding that person more important than any other aspect of a relationship, including emotional connection, financial security, and moral stance on beards. And before the guys reading this skip to the next list item, assuming that it must be purely a lady phenomenon, 63 percent of the men polled think that the perfect person is out there for them and expect to find them one day. So suck it, wussy boys.
But the problem with soul mate relationships is that they never live up to the golden, glowing statue we've built in our heads. While couples are obviously capable of meeting and instantly having an intense connection, eventually problems are going to arise in the relationship, mostly because keeping intensity going for long periods of time is exhausting. It's easy to think, "If we were truly soul mates, we wouldn't have any problems at all. This person is obviously a product of Satan's mocking design." At that point, individuals who believe in soul mates are more likely to check out.
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"Did he laugh at that Adam Sandler trailer? Oh, fuck this."