In my travels around the block I have come to realize that you can quickly find out if you’re compatible with someone by what they watch on TV. It’s really as easy as comparing the shows you love and hate against the shows they love and hate. If those comparisons match up then you’re golden. If not, maybe s/he isn’t the the one. Let me explain…
You can tell a lot about a person by what they watch. The ad agency Mindset Media did an evaluation of shows and personalities. They were able to determine which products the viewer would most likely buy based on the personalities the show draws. Some of their findings stated that if a person likes Family Guy, they are most likely a rebel. If they like the Real Housewives then they are unafraid to tell others what they think and value honesty over keeping the peace. (I would’ve assumed something different for the people who like Real Housewives, but whatever.)
Given that information if you do like the same things, it’s likely that you’ll be a match. In evaluating this idea, I weigh obscure shows more valuable than popular shows. For example, if I met someone who was into Madoka Magica (popular anime in Japan), I’d be more intrigued than if she was really into The Office.
It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that if you hate a show that the other person loves, it probably won’t work out. The idea to write this article actually came to me while I was at the theaters the other day. I was on a date watching one of the worst movie I’ve ever seen. Although I felt this way, the fine young lady accompanying me loved it to death. I was having doubts about her to begin with, but that put the nail in the coffin. That was our last date.
Knowing that you can tell a lot about someone by they watch, you can use this to your advantage as a quick way to weed out the losers to find a winner. All you have to do is make a list of the shows you love and make a list of the shows you hate. You are obviously going to be neutral about many shows so don’t worry about those b/c it won’t give you any valuable information.
The next time you’re on a date (preferably the first date) ask the person you’re with about their favorite shows. Compare the shows they mention to your love/hate lists and see which list those shows fall on. I actually have a third list. I call it the “End Date Early” list. If they like or love any shows on that list I find an excuse to end the date early (e.g. anything with Tyler Perry).
You might be thinking, “Rey, what about if the person doesn’t watch tv?” Good question. I would say that they’re lying (jk). This method works for all media types: television, movies, books, podcast, websites etc. If they don’t watch TV ask about movies or books and see if you love/hate what they mention.
Using the above method is my little shortcut to analyzing compatibility quickly. Try it on for size and let me know what you think.