Participants went on a series of 3-minute dates and indicated whom they would like to see again.
They were followed-up by the researchers six weeks and 12 months after the speed-dating session.
Personally, I'm going to stick to jazz clubs.© 2010 by Scott Barry Kaufman References Asendorpf, J. Often the quiet or shy ones are overlooked but they are usually the ones who are best suited for long-term relationships and most ready to commit.
Mind you, we're not going to get your adrenaline running 24/7 like those other guys but then again we won't treat you like second class citizens more often than not.
Since most women expressed an interest in long-term mating, it is surprising that they would be attracted to a man who came across as preferring a short-term mating orientation.
The researchers raise the possibility that a male's sociosexuality may indicate his history of successful mating experiences or mating skills (i.e., high mating intelligence), and that this is attractive to women.
In one event, there was hardly any space between the tables.
This finding was confirmed both after 6 weeks and 1 year after the speed-dating event. They figure that the chances of finding a sexual romantic partner will be lower than speed-dating if one visits a café for 2 hours actively in search of a partner and higher if one visits a dive bar with a certain reputation.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).These popularity effects were not significantly influenced by age.They also found an age effect: the older the women, the less choosy she was and the older the man, the more choosy he was.This is consistent with age-related context-dependent mating strategies.Consistent with parental investment theory, women, on average, tended to state an interest in long-term mating more so than men did.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.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).The researchers relate this finding to the bandwidth-fidelity trade-off found in personality research, in which"narrower traits that are tailored to specific situational contexts and behaviours often outperform broader traits in predictive power, whereas broader traits often outperform narrower traits if the goal is to predict many different behaviours in many different contexts." once physical attributes were already taken into account, and also provided additional prediction of popularity above and beyond physical attractiveness.The popularity of the speed-dater was also positively related to the choosiness of that speed-dater, although the correlation was only significant among men (perhaps due to the fact that women on average were choosier than men).As the researchers note, this finding is consistent with the idea that highly popular people are thought to be more careful in their choices while unpopular people are thought to be more indiscriminative (see Penke et al., 2007).