New Delhi: Lonely hearts who turn to horoscopes to find their perfect partner are wasting their time, says a recent study according to Daily Mail.
The research failed to see any evidence of attraction between star signs. It also concluded that the zodiac had no impact on our chances of marrying - or staying married.
The study conducted by University of Manchester used 2001 Census data to analyse the birthdays of 20 million husbands and wives in England and Wales. No special compatibility was found between star signs, Dr David Voas, from the university's School of Social Sciences told Daily Mail.
"If there is even the smallest tendency for Virgos to fancy Capricorns, or for Libras to like Leos, then we should see it in the marriage statistics,” he points out.
"When you have a population of 10 million couples, then even if only one pair in 1,000 is influenced by the stars you would have 10,000 more couples than expected with certain combinations of signs.
"Astrologers are likely to argue that full birth charts are needed to predict personality accurately. But what ordinary people talk about is sun signs. If those are useless when it comes to sizing up a mate, then that knocks a big hole in everyday belief," Voas was quoted as saying.
But Dr Voas believes the popularity of astrologers such as Mystic Meg, Russell Grant and Jonathan Cainer will continue whatever the evidence. He said: "I'm under no illusion that these findings will undermine astrology's popularity.
"The enthusiasm for zodiac-based personality profiling seems undiminished by hundreds of previous studies debunking astrology. The public appetite for horoscopes makes media astrologers wealthy. These results won't put them out of business. When it comes to love, people will try anything," he said.
With excerpts from The Daily Mail
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