Speed dating psychology study
I could hear every awkward conversation, and not just my own.
I did have some nice chats, but I had to wonder: was it worth it?
These numbers were influenced by the mating orientation of the other sex, however.
The chances of a women mating increased if their partner had a short-term mating orientation, and the chances of a man mating increased if their partner had a long-term mating orientation.
Sociosexuality and shyness did a better job predicting popularity in this speed dating context than the personality traits extraversion and neuroticism, which are correlated with sociosexuality and shyness, respectively (sociosexuality with extraversion, shyness with neuroticism).All of their participants were real singles whose sole motivation for participation in the study was to find a real-life romantic or sexual mate.Participants went on a series of 3-minute dates and indicated whom they would like to see again.This was only relative though: both men and women reported a desire for long-term mating, and most men in this dating context did choose a long-term mating orientation. Popularity was heavily influenced by easily perceivable physical attributes such as facial and vocal attractiveness, height, and weight.This suggests that a speed-dating context is one that generally attracts people pursuing long-term mating tactics (or at least report that they do! Sex differences were also evident, with men mainly basing their decisions on facial attractiveness and women using more criteria, including high levels of sociosexuality (willingness and desire to engage in short-term sexual encounters), low levels of shyness, and cues of current or future resource providing potential such as height, education, income, and openness to experience (but not indicators of steady resource striving such as conscientiousness).