Preferred partners dating
It is a commonly accepted idea that men prefer the company of younger women, while women prefer men who are older.
This is also in keeping with Parental Investment Theory, which maintains that men are attracted to women who advertise signs of fertility — that is, youth.
Those responsible at these respective newspapers make their best effort to make a match, which is based on participants' answers to an online questionnaire.
The questionnaires request information about the applicants’ age, height, occupation, marital status, sexual orientation, and race/ethnicity.
But could this finding also reflect shifting sands in the social landscape?
And though not statistically significant, the ratings of dates were this time in the predicted direction.
In addition, applicants provide open-ended answers about their dating history, interests, hobbies, activities, and partner preferences.
Other items probe when they are the happiest, what makes them a “good catch,” and what is the first thing visitors notice when they enter into the applicants’ residence. In the final tally, sample included 123 blind dates. They compared the ratings of the dates when the man was older than the woman with the ratings when the woman was older than the man.
By contrast, laboratory-based research tends to rely on confederates (undercover researchers), or asking participants to rate how likely they would be to pursue a date based on a photograph or a hypothetical scenario.
According to the investigators, this study has similar ecological validity to speed-dating studies that also involve face-to-face interaction.