Men with higher incomes showed stronger preferences for women with slender bodies, while women with higher incomes preferred men who had a steady income or made similar money, according to a new survey of 28, heterosexual men and women aged between 18 and The study was conducted by researchers at Chapman University in Orange, Calif.
The researchers interviewed people in an online questionnaire about qualities they find important in a partner. So what does it all mean?
A depressing confirmation of the worst gender stereotypes that suggests the dating game has not progressed much in the last years? But it may go back even further than that, back to a time when social status in a modern sense was not important, Frederick says.
Neither gender may be shallow, he says, but may be making their choice of mate because of millions of years of evolution. But even these theories may not be so flattering for singletons in Cultural factors, of course, can greatly influence the extent of these preferences, he says.
Valuing money and looks over personality may seem a tad superficial -- or not. A woman must uphold her standards.
But, she adds, character is just as important. Being kind and having good manners also helps.
The fashion industry rarely focuses on advertising clothes to plus-size women and one major Harvard University study recently found that men are four times more likely to negotiate pay than wome n. Frederick says heterosexuals compete with members of the same sex to secure a romantic partner.
There was one deviation: Older people care less about physical attraction, professional success or the potential to make a lot of money, the study found. But what people want and what they actually get are two different things.
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