Specifically, long-term relationships are often found with others who are focused on similar long-term religious, spiritual, or educational activities in their daily lives.
In contrast, short-term and sexual relationships can best be found with others who have such immediate excitement and pleasure on their mind - usually in the nightlife of bars, clubs, and restaurants.
As a result, I get asked a lot about how and where to meet women or men for dating. Therefore, there may be several best places to meet women and men - depending on exactly what you want. The most recent research on this topic was presented by Rosenfeld and Thomas (2012).
Their analysis was based on a national longitudinal survey of over four thousand adults, aged 18-59, called the "How Couples Meet and Stay Together" (HCMST) survey.
For more specific preferences and needs, you may want to look for someone online, or through friends.
Online dating can be particularly effective when you are geographically or socially isolated - or when partners that fit your preference are in short supply.
Specifically, sites that focus on your particular sexual, gender, ethnic, or social preference may help a great deal in finding a satisfying match.
Furthermore, friends who already have similar preferences or needs, particularly those within a specific community or group, may also be a good source of introduction to new partners.
In fact, it can even make meeting someone more confusing! The answer, however, seems to change depending on your personal dating and relationship goals.
Finally, finding some specific relationship preference and need can often be accomplished by networking with others who are compatible in those ways - either online or through social groups.
In any case, finding others with similar love life preferences and goals will bring you closer to satisfying yours too.
A little less than 30% of couples meet through mutual friends.
A bit more than 20% meet in bars or restaurants, with another 20% or so finding a partner online.