Common interests aren’t the be all end all when it comes to compatibility: for example, it doesn’t really matter if you both love 30 Rock, because everyone and their mother loves 30 Rock.
But certain shared interests will not only bring you together — they will continue to strengthen your relationship down the road. If you find that you’re attracted to some stranger, and then you find that you share any of the following interests, don’t let them be a stranger for long.
1. Air Guitar
If you happen to be an air guitar enthusiast and you meet another air guitar enthusiast and sparks fly? You’re in for a lifetime of free, any-time-you-want-to fun. And no one will ever be able to take that away from you.
2. Special FX Makeup
The ability to make each other look terrifying and disgusting is, by contrast, so affirming of your mutual adoration. Plus you’ll be the best looking undead couple at the Zombie Pub Crawl every year. Nothing brings a couple together like being vaguely envied and hated by brain-eating drunks on a yearly basis.
Not to mention how much the ability to occasionally fake your own gory death will help to keep a romance alive.
You two fencers are quite lucky. You will consistently have a graceful way to work out your aggression toward each other, resulting in fewer petty arguments. Plus, I bet post-match sex is hot. You know how in, like, every movie that has fencing in it, there’s a scene when you think it’s a guy and then the helmet comes off and it’s a woman and she flips her hair? So. Hot.
4. Settlers of Catan
It’s a well known fact among Settlers enthusiasts that they are better than everyone else. With this one, it’s not so much that your mutual interest in Settlers bodes well for your relationship, it’s that you won’t be able to bring yourself to seriously date anyone who doesn’t appreciate the best board game ever invented.
If you’re really into yoga, you know how much it helps you on a daily basis. From your energy level, to that sustained feeling of calm, to your confidence in your body — there are benefits to yoga that you can’t help but want to share with those you love. If your partner’s not into it, it will be frustrating for you. And super annoying for them.
But if both of you are already practicing Yoga of your own accord? Joy! You’re in for a long, healthy life of tranquility and great sex.
6. Video Games
One thing about gaming is you have to spend a lot of time doing it to really reap the rewards. If you both like gaming, and you do it together, then there is no chance of one of you getting annoyed at the other for ignoring the other for hours every day day. Instead, you can ignore everyone else. Together.