Speed dating study selectivity

On paper, women reported a greater desire for earning potential and status; men were more interested in physical attractiveness.In person at speed-dating events, that discrepancy went away — “women want really good-looking men every bit as much as men want really good-looking women,” Finkel says.So yes there is a sense in which women are pickier, but it is more in wanting institutions that make them picky, rather that in being pickier given neutral institutions.More tidbits from the same source: In a 2005 study, they looked at whether the characteristics singles say they want in a partner match what they actually pursue.I have actually participated in speed dating a few times; I found it fascinating and educational.The speed dating events I attended allowed about 3 minutes per interview (or "date") before proceeding to the next pairing."Rotaters" also reported greater self-confidence than "sitters", regardless of gender.I suggest that you go read the paper, or at least the press release, yourself; my summary doesn't really do it justice, and I'm leaving the implications for the evolutionary psychology-based analysis of gender as an exercise for the reader.

The authors of this study had the men remain still and had the women change seats, and found that this was all it took to wipe away the usual pattern: when the women were required to physically approach while the men remained still, the women became less selective then the men, reporting greater romantic interest and "yes"ing partners at a higher rate.All of these are physically or socially awkward, or both, as well as time-pressured.Meanwhile, the women who remain seated can use the time between one man leaving and another arriving to write notes; even if the next man arrives before she has finished, it is much less awkward than showing up to a new table, introducing yourself, and immediately scribbling notes about someone else. Given the usual state of science journalism, the fact that the article includes links that let me find a press release about the upcoming paper and a 20-page PDF file containing the paper itself was very helpful.According to most studies and in accordance with popular stereotypes, men are normally less selective than women when it comes to evaluating potential romantic partners - in general, it appears that men are more likely to want to date any given woman than women are to want to date any given man.