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Psychology: What women and men take into account when choosing a partner


Women are looking specifically - men are only picky late

Up to the age of 40, women are more choosy than men when searching for partners online. But after that the tide apparently turns. In the Ü40 group, it is suddenly the men who take a closer look. This is the result of an Australian study that examined human behavior when searching for a partner on the Internet.

The scientists at the Queensland University of Technology investigated the Australian online dating behavior of 41,000 test persons. They took into account a large age range between eighteen and eighty years. The researchers found that partner selection criteria change over the course of a lifetime, in both women and men. The results of the study were recently published in the journal "Psychological Science".

Women under forty are much more choosy

According to the results, women under the age of forty were significantly more choosy than men when looking for a potential partner online. This was particularly evident in the level of education. They often looked for partners who had at least the same or a higher level of education than they themselves.

Men over forty are much more choosy

If you believe the results of the study, men only start to have higher demands on their partner's level of education from the age of forty. In contrast, this claim decreased for women aged 40 and over.

Largest study of its kind to date

The scientists report that this is the largest behavioral economic analysis of Australian online dating behavior to date. The study analyzed 219,013 contacts from 41,936 members of an online dating website.

Vivid snapshot of human mating behavior

"This is an impressive way of looking at human mating behavior because it allowed a very vivid snapshot of such a large and diverse age group in a standard partner choice situation," reports one of the main authors, Dr. Stephen Whyte, in a press release on the study results.

Interesting similarities and differences

"Our study provides some interesting results regarding the similarities and differences between the preferences of men and women," emphasizes Whyte. In this way, the behavioral researchers were able to show that women up to the age of 40 are more choosy than men and then turn their tables.

Women consistently had higher minimum requirements

According to Dr. Whyte's analysis shows that both men and women, in their most fertile years between eighteen and thirty, place the greatest value on the level of education of their potential partners. After that, the level of education becomes less important. However, the analysis also showed that women consistently had higher minimum requirements for their partner's level of education than the other way around.

Social status and intelligence are required

"Evolution prefers women who are picky about choosing their partners," explains Whyte. In many cultures, it can now be shown that women use education as a quality characteristic. This is often associated with social status and intelligence. These attributes are very popular with women when choosing a partner, according to the behavioral researcher.

Changes in the course of life

Previous studies on the subject have provided similar results. "Because of the wide range of ages, our data now provide an overview of changes in preferences over the course of life," sums up Whyte. (vb)

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