Sex differences have been found in mate preferences across several decades. Especially for long-term partners, men tend to value physical attractiveness and women tend to value social status. However, the sexes both value various other traits even more highly. Such findings thus diminish the importance of the sex differences and challenge the theoretical importance that evolutionary psychologists place on physical attractiveness and social status. Using a budget allocation methodology to examine mate preferences in both the US and Singapore, we found not only the usual sex differences, but also evidence that men prioritize physical attractiveness and women prioritize social status as necessities in their long-term mates. We also found that both sexes tend to value physical attractiveness as a necessity in short-term mates. Results replicate previous budget allocation findings and provide cross-cultural validation for a mate preference priorities model.
Mate preferences, Economics, Sex differences, Crosscultural
Asian Studies | Gender and Sexuality | Personality and Social Contexts | Social Psychology
Personality and Individual Differences
LI, Norman P., Valentine, Katherine A., & PATEL, Lily.(2011). Mate Preferences in the U.S. and Singapore: A Cross-cultural Test of the Mate Preference Priority Model. Personality and Individual Differences, 50(2), 291-294.
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