Humans may seek out individuals with the intention of forming a long-term intimate relationship, marriage, casual relationship, or friendship.
It is not unknown for couples to form over alcohol or drugs.
Commonalities, however, can be found between humans and nonhuman animals in mating behavior (see animal sexual behavior).
Social gatherings are frequently arranged to enable people looking for a partner to meet.
Mating strategies overlap with reproductive strategies, which encompass a broader set of behaviors involving the timing of reproduction and the trade-off between quantity and quality of offspring (see life history theory).
Relative to other animals, human mating strategies are unique in their relationship with cultural variables such as the institution of marriage.
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