For intelligence, women follow the first pattern: Those who describe themselves as intelligent prefer men who describe themselves as intelligent, and women who don’t prefer men who don’t.
Men follow the second pattern: All men prefer women who describe themselves as intelligent, but men who describe themselves as intelligent display a stronger preference.
If we compute “e Harmony status” — how often a user is asked out by their matches — we find it also follows this pattern: Everyone prefers high-status users, but high-status users show a stronger preference for other high-status users.
(It’s possible that they don’t really feel a stronger preference, but merely feel more confident in their ability to win a fellow high-status mate.) On the other hand, traits whose optimal value is more arguable — like whether you have children or what religion you follow — tend to follow the first pattern.
As well as the most attractive interests, the research reveals the pastimes deemed less desirable.
Though women like men who like the theatre, it doesn’t hold the same appeal for the opposite sex, who place this pastime among the bottom rated interests.
Men follow the first: Short men prefer short women, and tall men prefer tall women.
Women follow the second: All women prefer taller men, but tall women display a stronger preference for tall men.
When thinking about men, women deemed rugby the most attractive workout, followed by tennis and football. Living (10 per cent) and working (11 per cent) abroad were both shown to boost levels of attractiveness and one in five Brits agree that the ability to speak another language adds allure.
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However, thanks to you, I also know that men don’t want to date themselves.
This makes perfect sense to me; variety is one of my favorite things.
In general, widely considered positive traits, Dan Ariely, an economist who studies online dating, refers to traits where everyone prefers the same thing as examples of “vertical preferences,” as opposed to “horizontal preferences,” when people prefer those who are similar.