)Finally, participants rated each of the profiles to determine whether or not they’d be interested in contacting that person.Participants with high self-worth tended to contact people who’d been deemed highly attractive by researchers.
There’s an accepted theory that people who are of similar attractiveness will gravitate toward each other, so any time we see a couple disproving this theory, we tend to ruminate on how and why and what this means for us and our love lives. Are twos “doomed” (for lack of a better word) to a fellow two? A study from 2011 attempted to prove or disprove this hypothesis and discover how likely it is that we would try to date someone who is out of our league.
Normally, the famous 10-point scale is used in conjunction with this theory. The first part of the study tested for dating preference.
A response was more likely if a less attractive initiator sought out a less attractive target and if a more attractive initiator sought out a more attractive target.
Basically, if you stayed within your league, you were more likely to get a reply.
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If you’re an eight out of 10, for example, the theory says you’ll end up with someone who’s at or around an eight, too. To begin, 200 participants completed a questionnaire to assess their own mate value/self-worth — their perception of their own levels of physical attractiveness as well as trustworthiness, likability, warmth and kindness, which indicates that this study aimed to go deeper than just physical attractiveness.
Then, using these assessments of themselves, participants created a dating profile that they might use on a real dating website.
The overall lesson here is, yes, you should try to stay in your league if you want to find love — and if you’ve been in the dating pool for longer than five minutes, you probably already know this. She's a proud New Jersey native and Boston College graduate. She's a proud New Jersey native and Boston College graduate.
And as for that couple you saw earlier, plus the millions of others that you’ve likely seen? When she's not writing, she's watching documentaries, practicing her Cher impression, or eating pasta. When she's not writing, she's watching documentaries, practicing her Cher impression, or eating pasta.
From a real online dating website, researchers selected profile photos from 60 random male and 60 random female users, who they called “initiators,” and looked at the profile photos of the people to whom the users reached out, whom they called “targets.”Judges rated how attractive the initiators and the targets were.