Paul eastwick speed dating study

We've all heard the adage: Men want a beautiful partner, while women want a guy who can bring home the bacon. In the new issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Northwestern University social psychologists Eli Finkel and Paul Eastwick report that both genders initially place the greatest value on physical attractiveness, followed by personality and then earning potential.

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Here’s how much less interested they were in the other races, as compared with their enthusiasm for men of their own race: Click here to read the whole article: Update: But wait, there’s some “good news” from those same researchers.

A few days later, after looking at 300 reader comments, researchers sent some surprising news back. Eastwick, Inter-racial dating is the majority of what I have done since I began dating!

Each student spent four minutes with a dozen potential partners—and then looked at their photographs on a computer, and answered yes or no to indicate whether they'd like a date.

The participants then rated their choices, based on who they found most attractive and who they thought would have the greatest earning potential.

I’m a bit surprised at men’s openness to interracial dating.

While I’ve personally dated women across the racial spectrum, I’ve only had a handful of clients who ever expressed preferences for women of other races.

“He may be the most ambitious thinker in the field,” writes Eli Finkel in an email.

Finkel is an esteemed social psychologist who taught and then worked with Eastwick.

Excerpts: NEWSWEEK: Before you held your speed-dating event, you had participants state how much appearance, personality and earning potential would matter in deciding whether they wanted to see someone again.

More women said earning prospects were important in an ideal romantic partner, and more men said beauty.

But that's not what they ended up valuing in real life, right?

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