Looking for Love Doesn't Take Long
Men and Women Can Assess Potential Mates in 3 Minutes or Less
New Clues on the Dating Game
Researchers say the speed dating survey offered a unique opportunity to
study how people actually behave when selecting a mate vs. how they say they
would act in such situations.
"The actual behavior of people is worth more to us than their stated
beliefs," says Kurzban. "In this case, because participants might
suffer the consequences of a bad date with someone who might look compatible on
paper, they had more incentive to follow their hearts and desires."
They say the results showed that both men and women are aware that they are
in a market and know how to respond to market forces. For example, men and
women who rated themselves low on desirability said "yes" to a higher
proportion of potential dates.
Researchers say these results apply only to assessments men and women make
in situations in which they are meeting potential mates for the first time and
may not apply to repeated interactions.