Ways of selecting romantic partners
There has always been a belief that men and women differ in
their ways of selecting
romantic partners in terms of characteristics in their
mates. For example, men have always
been perceived to place more importance in size of breasts
in women. Likewise, women
have been perceived to place more importance on height of
the men they are interested in
and their build. This study is to find out whether these
social stigmas are true in a typical
large college campus dealing with subjects that are around
the age of 18~19 years.
Surveys were used to have the subjects rate the importance
of characteristics of men and
women that are typically looked at when either sex are
looking for romantic partners.
The research in question is, ”Gender Differences in
Selecting Romantic Partners.”
There were previous researches and surveys done on this
subject. There are five such
studies that best relate to the research topic. The first
appeared in Sex Roles. The article
was titled “Sex Differences in Factors of Romantic
Attraction.” The second appeared in
Psychological Reports and was titled, “Men’s Preferences in
Romantic Partners: Obesity
vs. Addiction.” The third appeared in College Student
Journal and was titled, “College
Students’ Homogamous Preferences for a Date and Mate.” The
fourth appeared in Sex
Roles titled, “Pursuit of Nontraditional Occupations: Fear
of Success or Fear of Not
Being Chosen?” The last article appeared in Psychological
Bulletin titled, “Gender
Differences in Mate Selection Preferences: A Test of the
Parental Investment Model.”
The first article, “Sex Differences in Factors of
Romantic Attraction” was written
by Jeffrey S. Nevid. His studies method included an
anonymous survey in a college
classroom consisting of only heterosexual males and females
around the age of 19 to 22
years. The author wanted to see if the popular belief of
males placing such physical
aspects such as breast size and buttocks size influenced
their choice of romantic and sexual
partners. He also included females in his studies. In his
survey, many physical attributes
were presented and the numbers showed that when choosing
sexual partners, both men
choosing romantic partners, personal characteristics were
given more importance than
physical.
The second article, “Men’s Preferences in Romantic
Partners: Obesity vs.
Addiction” was written by Sarah Sitton and Sharon
Blanghard. The studies conducted by
the two women were done using classified ads. The study
was done to compare how
many men would chose a recovering controlled substance
addict to an obese woman. The
result showed that while both attributes were considered
very negative characteristics in
which many men would avoid in their mate, the recovering
addicts received more
responses that those of the obese women. However, the men
who responded to the addict
ads were also admittedly recovering from substance abuse
while the obese women in turn
received responses from other obese men. In conclusion,
men and women tend to seek
out mates who are similar in characteristics (Walster,
Aronson, Abrahams, and Rottman
(1966)) and social desirability.
The third article titled,”College Students’
Homogamous Preferences For a Date
and Mate” was written by David Knox, Marty Zusman, and
Wandy Nieves. A large group
of graduate students in a south-eastern university reported
the degree to which they
preferred selecting a dating and marriage partner who was
similar to them in each of ten
background characteristics. The results in this study
indicated females preferred to date a
man who was similar to them in education and occupation and
preferred to marry a man
who had these similarities as well as religious values, and
desire for children. Only men
emphasized physical appearances in both dating and marital
partners. Both sexes believed
that homogamy is with happy and lasting relationships.
The fourth article titled, “Pursuit of
Nontraditional Occupations: Fear of Success
or Fear of Not Being Chosen?” was written by Karen S. Pfost
and Maria Fiore. To
determine whether fear of success reflects realistic
expectations of the negative
consequences id deviance rather than a motive, reactions to
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