How People Choose Dates

EDINBURGH, Scotland, April 17 (UPI) — If those seeking romance have many possibilities, they weed out prospects using a quick gauge — height and weight — Scottish and British researchers said.

Psychological scientist Alison Lenton of the University of Edinburgh and economist Marco Francesconi of the University of Essex examined data from 84 speed dating events.


People met numerous potential dates for several minutes each and then indicated if they want a date.

The researchers said that when the dating events were large both men and women chose attributes in which they could judge quickly, such as height and weight. Women preferred men who were taller and not too skinny, while men preferred women who weren’t overweight, the researchers said.

At smaller events, when the men and women had more time to make choices, the people looked at level of education, type of job and whether the person smokes, the study said.

The study is published in Psychological Science.

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