Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Mate preferences, Economics, Sex differences, Crosscultural

Discipline

Asian Studies | Gender and Sexuality | Personality and Social Contexts | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Personality and Individual Differences

Volume

50

Issue

2

First Page

291

Last Page

294

ISSN

0191-8869

Identifier

10.1016/j.paid.2010.10.005

Publisher

SAGE

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2010.10.005