Navigation Links
Women's Beauty, Men's Wealth Key to Romance: Study
Date:9/6/2007

Speed-dating data suggests old criteria still hold sway

THURSDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- If you only have five minutes to pick a mate, you're likely to do it the way your ancestors did, with men seeking beauty and women looking for security, wealth and commitment.

It's an ancient formula but one still very much in play in modern "speed dating," said researchers reporting in the current Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"Evolutionary theories in psychology suggest that men and women should trade off different traits in each other, and when we look at the actual mate choices people make, this is what we find evidence for," researcher Peter Todd, cognitive scientist at Indiana University, said in a prepared statement. "Ancestral individuals who made their mate choices in this way -- women trading off their attractiveness for higher quality men and men looking for any attractive women who will accept them -- would have had an evolutionary advantage in greater numbers of successful offspring."

Speed dating involves sessions in which men and women have numerous "mini dates" with up to 30 different people, each date lasting anywhere from three to five minutes.

The research team used data from 46 adults in a speed-dating session in Germany to compare what people said they wanted in a mate with the qualities of the people they actually chose.

The study participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire before the session assessing themselves and their ideal mate according to traits such as physical attractiveness, present and future financial status, health and parenting qualities. According to the researchers, these traits are relevant to the evolution of the human species.

After every date, the participants were asked to note whether they would like to see the other person again.

Most people reported they wanted to find someone who was similar to themselves. However, once the session began, men demonstrated more interest in attractive women, while women targeted measures of wealth and security in proportion to how attractive they believed themselves to be.

In support of the notion that women are the choosier half of the species, women indicated they wanted to see every third potential mate, but men were open to seeing every second woman again.

Todd and his colleagues noted that among mammals, females are widely known to be more picky.

While the results were not surprising, the study showed the utility of using speed dating for research, the researchers wrote.

"Speed dating lets us look at a large number of mate choice decisions collected in a short amount of time," Todd said. "It only captures the initial stage of the extended process involved in long-term mate choice. But that initial expression of interest is crucial for launching everything else."

More information

For more on dating and first impressions, visit the American Psychological Association.



-- Madeline Vann



SOURCE: Indiana University, news release, Sept. 3, 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Young womens woes
2. Cosmetic Genital Surgery may Be Fuelling Womens Insecurity About Their Bodies
3. Diabetic Womens Death Rate Shows No Decline
4. Rare Womens Lung Disease May Yield Insights Into Common Diseases
5. Womens Mood Plays a Key Role in Infertility Treatment
6. Womens Skin Tone Influences Perception of Beauty, Health, Age
7. New dimension in the treatment of female sexual dysfunction
8. Heart Attacks during Menstruation!
9. Treatment for pre-menstrual syndrome is ineffective
10. Allergies are related to mothers menses
11. Regular exercise linked to extended menstrual cycles
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Everybody has their own personal preference when it comes to ... some people don't like it at all. FindaTopDoc took a look at what makes ... can give readers a taste of their deepest, darkest fantasies and has the ability ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... , ... 21 Middle East and South Asia Leaders Selected as Eisenhower Fellows ... and civil society in 11 countries across the Middle East and South Asia to ... exchange of knowledge and ideas with the leading minds in their fields. , ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 , ... Ulster ... 26th June, 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm to present to graduate students ... program is an original curriculum project led by The Health Improvement Service of ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... Woodlands, TX (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 ... ... families and business owners in the Houston area with access to asset protection ... for a regional charity event aimed at improving the lives of children with ...
(Date:6/22/2017)... ... June 22, 2017 , ... Children’s National Health System ... (AHA) to launch a Rheumatic Heart Disease Center, with the goal of developing ... heart disease (RHD) in high-risk, financially disadvantaged countries and low-income communities across the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/7/2017)... -- Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP ) ... Joseph R. Goodwin , U.S. District Court Judge for ... , entered a case management order in MDL 2325, ... Litigation (the "MDL") that includes a provision requiring plaintiffs ... on specific causation within one hundred twenty (120) days ...
(Date:6/5/2017)... Neb. , June 5, 2017 ... in the United States . ... helps a fallen person up to an almost-standing ... easily assembled and operated by one assistant and does ... It is simple enough that a child can operate ...
(Date:5/30/2017)... CAESAREA, Israel , May 30, 2017 DarioHealth Corp. ... and big data solutions, today announced that it will be presenting ... 2017, at 8:00 AM PT. Erez Raphael , CEO, of ... The conference will be held on June 6th & 7th, ... 180 companies in the small / micro-cap space. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: