"People need chemistry in order for a relationship to work ... be it a romantic relationship, a friendship, a business relationship, a societal relationship, a political relationship, etc.
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1 Can I choose “absolutely” agree?
2 I was going to say no because in my country (Pakistan) people have arranged marriages, they don’t even know each other before they meet.
"NO"- 6%
# Selected Comments
1 You don’t need all that; basically, you just need somebody you can get along with.
2 For romantic relationships “yes”; but, for the others, as, for example, when two people “work” good together at a job, that wouldn’t necessarily be defined as “chemistry”, e.g. I won’t go home and think about someone I’ve worked with, i.e. you could say, in these situations, there’s no “spark”, etc.
3 I don’t think chemistry has anything to do with being in love with someone (Pakistan & Indian ancestry)
[on results]
On December 30th of '05, the IoHT polled and queried a mix of 50 college students and working class people from the Chicagoland area, aged predominantly 18-35, with the following query: do you agree or disagree with the following statement:

"people need chemistry in order for a relationship to work...be it a romantic relationship, a friendship, a business relationship, a societal relationship, a political relationship, etc."

The majority of the answers were a quick "yes"; three people asked if they could answer with "absolutely" agree; several people had to debate the query over in their mind before responding with "I agree"; one questioned the political relationship variation (i.e. how can two countries have good chemistry together) and only four people disagreed - where curiously two of these four were from India and Pakistan, where arranged marriages are custom; also two of the four that disagreed were age 18.

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[see also]
RP1 [2003] - Top 33 Places to Meet a Spouse
RP2 [2004] - Top 150 Defintions of Love
RP4 [2005] - Is Love a Chemical Reaction?
RP5 [2003] - Best To Marry
HT - Poll / Research Project #6 - 2005
From: Ken Gayton To: Libb Thims
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2005 9:51 AM
Re: comments on poll results

Was the word chemistry defined for people? Or did they just answer the question based on their own perception of what it means when two things have chemistry?   Here is a good definition out of the many out there that I feel relates to your studies:

Chemistry - A basic science concerned with the structure and behavior of atoms (elements); the composition and properties of compounds; the reactions that occur between substances and the resultant energy exchange and the laws that unite these phenomena into a comprehensive system.


I feel as though, using this definition, that one couldn't answer the question.  If you take "substances" as people or countries, and "reactions" as the interactions between these two people or countries then one could make the argument that no matter what there is some type of chemistry between two people or countries.  As long as they are reacting to each other, or interacting. 

Now whether it is necessary to have good chemistry for a relationship to work is debatable.  So if I was taking the survey as is, I would agree and say that if there is an interaction between two entities then there is chemistry, and in order for a relationship to work there needs to be some sort of interaction (this interaction can be as simple as a hello or someone running into another person by accident).  Either good or bad.  Neither of which is fixed  (i.e. it is possible for two people to have good chemistry and then later down the road have bad chemistry as the "energy exchange" between the two people change).
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