They say that big is beautiful, and that larger people have more fun.
Well that is certainly true, judging by all the activity going on in this site! I just wanted to drop you a line to say how much fun Im having on your site.
Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology, dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine.
Neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky constructed a reproductive spectrum with opposite poles being tournament species, in which males compete fiercely for reproductive privileges with females, and pair bond arrangements, in which a male and female will bond for life.
These species-particular behavior patterns provide a context for aspects of human reproduction, including dating.
Historically, marriages in most societies were arranged by parents and older relatives with the goal not being love but legacy and "economic stability and political alliances", according to anthropologists.
And although we all know the saying "opposites attract", our experience has shown that more often than not, it's the things in common we find between us that bind us together and help our relationships grow.
That's why we created Cuddly Free And Single - to help larger singles (and let's face it, that's most of us) find others who share the same interests.
When we set up our first dating site (maturefreeandsingle.com), it soon became clear that we weren't being sensitive enough to people's lifestyles.
We were in danger of becoming like the larger sites, thinking that "one size could fit all".