Genius Idea: New Dating Site For Braniacs

Julia Dent Contributor
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Mensa and Match.com have teamed up to create a new dating site for people whose IQ is in the 98th percentile.

On Mensa Match, brainiacs can find people to date with the same intelligence level, according to the Daily Mail. The site was inspired by a survey where 80 percent of American singles said dating people on the same intelligence level was “very important.” 89 percent also said they would like to be with someone “considerably better educated or more intellectual.”

“Why do we want a smart partner? Because intelligence is correlated with many benefits, including: higher income; sense of humor; creativity; social skills; coordination; and problem solving. These are sexy,” said chief scientific advisor for Match.com Dr. Helen Fisher.

“Money can buy a sexy evening on the town. People everywhere gravitate to smart lovers, because an intelligent partner comes with a host of sexy perks.”

People are also searching for common characteristics in a partner, and level of intelligence can be one similarity people share.

“If you’re proud of being in Mensa, if someone (else) is also proud of being in Mensa, then you’re already in the same clan,” said Fisher. “It’s not unlike saying I read a lot of books and I’m looking for someone else who reads a lot of books. There’s an automatic filter.”

If you don’t know if you’re Mensa material, you can take the admission test on Match.com for $1 until July 6 with a promotional code. Match.com members can also add a Mensa badge to their profile.