Socio-demographic and other information on their sexual function and activities were obtained. A second difficult challenge is choice set size. If you have a good or a bad personal experience with an arranged marriage, please share your story in the comments below. We conducted a study of subjects above the age of 50 years in various outpatient departments OPDs of a teaching municipal hospital in Mumbai, by interviewing 60 individuals who attended the OPDs, after taking their informed consent. In psychiatric interview of elders, sexual history and details are often omitted. Despite criticisms of self-selection and small sample sizes leveled against some of these studies, this is the best available evidence and it suggests that Indian arranged marriages are at least as successful as free-choice ones. In one study of IKEA furniture shoppers, for example, researchers found that those who thought less about which furniture to buy were happier with it a few weeks later. Individuals with any previously diagnosed psychiatric disorders or dementia or HIV-positive individuals were excluded from the study. It is frequently assumed that elder persons lose their sexual desires or that they are physically unable to perform. However, not all elder persons have positive attitudes about sexuality. We interviewed 60 consecutive elder individuals 30 men and 30 women above the age of 50 years from the Geriatric, Hypertension, Rheumatology and Diabetes outpatient departments OPDs of a tertiary hospital in Mumbai after obtaining their informed consent. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. The first is that Indians have an astonishingly low divorce rate. In a free-choice marriage, in contrast, high expectations often develop during an elaborate dating period, with the culture placing great weight on the romantic love ideal. Just as problematic, when left to their own devices, people tend to use prescreening criteria that emphasize outward appearances looks, possessions, etc. Chronic illness did affect sexual function and desire. Statistical analysis revealed significant gender, health and educational status based differences in the sample.