Their meeting leaves only one question still open-ended: do the boy and girl actually like each other?
For most people I know, the character of the girl or boy was the most important factor in a match.
Parents want to see their child married to someone who will be kind, caring, and capable of unselfishly loving their son or daughter.
Out of my class of about sixty, about 95% got married within the first five years out of school. It’s hard to quantify happiness in all these marriages but from what my friends tend to tell me, most seem very happy in their relationships.
I know that the Orthodox Union has done research into the area.
Men, as you note in the podcast, seem to go for the mean women just for their looks — but can you imagine what would happen if their mothers narrowed the dating fields for them?