Finding a great roommate is never easy. Anyone who’s ever put an ad on Craigslist knows that any number of crazies can wind up on your doorstep when you’re looking for someone to share the rent. Well, now a new service may help folks find the perfect roommate match, and it’s all because of DNA.
The roommate service SpareRoom, which is currently only available in the UK, promises to analyze DNA in a person’s saliva to find genetic markers to for certain personality traits that may be optimal for roommates. They look for roommate compatibility based on 14 different traits, including spontaneity, optimism, confidence, risk-taking, self-awareness and stress tolerance. Once those are determined, they match them up to see if they are compatible with their potential roommates.
“A chatty extrovert with high confidence might find she’s suited to living with a more relaxed introvert,” a SpareRoom executive told the “New York Post." “While an indecisive thinker might seek out a risk-taker who will encourage him to shop around for the best deal on energy suppliers.”
- SpareRoom hopes to be able to launch their DNA service in the U.S. before the end of the year, but in the meantime they have been operating other roommate matching services in New York since 2011, offering personality exams as well as “speed Roommating” meet-up events.
Source: New York Post