Next up: Sun rises in East

And coming on the heels of a recent story about what women look for in manly attractiveness comes this Associated Press hot breaking science news story:

Earth-Shattering Study: Men Like Good-Looking Women

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

WASHINGTON — Science is confirming what most women know: When given the choice for a mate, men go for good looks.Researchers led by Todd’s report in Tuesday’s edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that their study found humans were similar to most other mammals, “following Darwin’s principle of choosy females and competitive males, even if humans say something different.”And guys won’t be surprised to learn that women are much choosier about partners than they are.

“Just because people say they’re looking for a particular set of characteristics in a mate, someone like themselves, doesn’t mean that is what they’ll end up choosing,” Peter M. Todd, of the cognitive science program at Indiana University, Bloomington, said in a telephone interview.

Their study involved 26 men and 20 women in Munich, Germany.

Participants ranged in age from 26 to their early 40s and took part in “speed dating,” short meetings of three to seven minutes in which people chat, then move on to meet another dater.

Afterward, participants check off the people they’d like to meet again, and dates can be arranged between pairs who select one another.

Speed dating let researchers look at a lot of mate choices in a short time, Todd said.

In the study, participants were asked before the session to fill out a questionnaire about what they were looking for in a mate, listing such categories as wealth and status, family commitment, physical appearance, healthiness and attractiveness.

After the session, the researchers compared what the participants said they were looking for with the people they actually chose to ask for another date.

Men’s choices did not reflect their stated preferences, the researchers concluded. Instead, men appeared to base their decisions mostly on the women’s physical attractiveness.

The men also appeared to be much less choosy. Men tended to select nearly every woman above a certain minimum attractiveness threshold, Todd said.

Women’s actual choices, like men’s, did not reflect their stated preferences, but they made more discriminating choices, the researchers found.

The scientists said women were aware of the importance of their own attractiveness to men, and adjusted their expectations to select the more desirable guys.

“Women made offers to men who had overall qualities that were on a par with the women’s self-rated attractiveness. They didn’t greatly overshoot their attractiveness,” Todd said, “because part of the goal for women is to choose men who would stay with them.”

But, he added, “they didn’t go lower. They knew what they could get and aimed for that level.”

So, it turns out, the women’s attractiveness influenced the choices of both the men and the women.

Next on the agenda: Science confirms that it always rains right after you wash your car.

About Tom Allen

The Grey Geezer Dauntless defender of, um, something that needed dauntless defending. Dammit, I can't read this script without my glasses. Hey, you kids, get off my damn lawn!
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6 Responses to Next up: Sun rises in East

  1. sexywhispers says:

    Great….its really good to hear because I can promise you that women like good looking men!!



  2. la fille says:

    You know, it’s interesting. I would have to agree that women will tend to stay in their “range”, whereas men seem to have no clue who is actually attainable to them. 🙂

    I LOVE the Keds.


  3. Susan says:

    “Men tended to select nearly every woman above a certain minimum attractiveness threshold, Todd said”

    It sounds like the study was done at closing time:)


  4. maymay says:

    There have been so many of these studies and they all always find the same thing. I’m amazed that “researchers” keep pawning off the same old stuff as “new discoveries” so often. Whatever happened to making progress, y’know, moving forward? If you want something done right, you just gotta do it yourself. Sheesh.


  5. almost.. says:

    I can’t help but wonder who decided on the “minimum attractiveness threshold.”

    And I can’t believe they’re touting the results of one study of less than 50 people as Indisputible Scientific Fact. I mean, besides the fact that yeah, duh, men are shallow. 😛


  6. Overpowered says:

    It also doesn’t explain how they came up with an objective ‘attractiveness’ rating. This is why evolutionary psychology has such a bad name.

    As Fark would have it, still no cure for cancer.


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