Modern mating

Study: Gender is a great predictor for what people look for in a partner

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In one of the largest studies ever published on heterosexual “mating preferences,” researchers from Chapman University in California have found that “gender” is the best predictor for what people look for in a partner. Looking at 28,000 participants, they found that men placed most interest in having a “good-looking” and “slender” partner while women placed more emphasis on a partner with a “steady income” or who “makes a lot of money.” David Frederick, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Chapman University and a co-author on the study, said, “We’ve known for a long time that men care more about attractiveness in a long-term partner, and women care more about resources. In two national datasets, we found that gender was by far the strongest predictor of what people want in a long-term mate.” Frederick went to to say gender is “more important than age, income, education, or confidence in appearance.” The study also found that, for both men and women, people who were happy with how they looked placed more importance on the attractiveness of their partner, and that older participants had less of a preference for partners who were attractive, equally successful or made a lot of money.

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