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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.
But even these theories may not be so flattering for singletons in 2015.
Slenderbodies are associated with youth as the body’s metabolism slows as one grows older and, as such, could represent fertility for men, Frederick adds, while women pay attention to things that enhance their survival and that of their family.
“I’d like to think that’s because, after a long life, they’ve learned that both looks and money can be fleeting but it’s the emotional connection you make with someone that sustains you,” says Abby Rodman, a psychotherapist in Boston.
Both genders reported nearly equally that being with someone physically attractive “to them” is important.
“We have long known that men are more visual than women and women have a stronger need to be taken care of both emotionally and financially,” she says.
And men with more education also had stronger preferences for female partners who were “good looking” and slender, whereas this was not a concern for women.
Some 95% of men with an advanced degree said it was “essential” that their partner was “good looking” versus 77% of those with a high school education or less, and 84% of those men said it was essential that their partner was slender versus just 12% of those with a high school education or less. A depressing confirmation of the worst gender stereotypes that suggests the dating game has not progressed much in the last 100 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.
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 28,000 heterosexual men and women aged between 18 and 75.
Women felt it was more important that their partner made at least as much money as they did (46% versus 24% of men) and had a successful career (61% versus 33% of men), while men favored a slender body (80% versus 58% of women).
He calls it the “mating market.” Presumably, gay people also compete with members of the same sex when looking for a partner.