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How Do Men Rate Women on Dating Websites?
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Re: Fantasy vs reality
  • 10/29/2014 1:50:26 PM
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@Broadway quite so!

Re: Fantasy vs reality
  • 10/25/2014 11:49:22 PM
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@Ariella, that's often the sticky point of most relationships, right? Whether or not the two people have the same defintion of "long term."

Re: Fantasy vs reality
  • 10/23/2014 11:26:24 PM
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Terry writes


Sociologists ought to be crawling all over this data!

So yes, men of all ages consistently rate younger women more attractive; women tend to be more "age-appropriate" and track with their own age.

What would be a good reality check is if we could see the partners that these male respondents actually ended up with in relationships or marriage. I'm betting most were not in their early 20s. 


 

Gee whiz, with all the tracking capability and analytics available nowadays, cross-tabbing sexual fantasies with real-world outcomes oughta be a cinch...

 

Re: OkCupid
  • 10/23/2014 5:38:40 PM
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The model-swindlers that Robert mentioned certainly will serve as outliers skewing the data younger, but speaking of which, OkCupid and the like are sitting on millions of dollars worth of data. I hope they are making good use of it.

Re: Fantasy vs reality
  • 10/22/2014 10:48:45 PM
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The current group in question is men on dating sites. I'd be curious to see if these staggering numbers old up with speed dating, or other similar scenarios.

Re: Fantasy vs reality
  • 10/22/2014 10:48:45 PM
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@Broadway for some, I'm sure that's true, but I think their idea of long-term and mine are probably quite different. 

Re: OkCupid
  • 10/22/2014 10:45:55 PM
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Let's also not forget the medium here; not everyone on OkCupid is in for a long term relationship, and these statistics are definitely more geared toward the superficial aspects of online dating.

Re: Fantasy vs reality
  • 10/20/2014 11:16:33 PM
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I don't want to get too base and stereotypical here, but I think the usual version of the older man dating the younger woman is that the man doesn't really need to have deeper reasons for wanting a relationship with the younger woman besides what's skin deep. And yes, for some men, physical attraction is enough basis for a long-term relationship.

Re: Fantasy vs reality
  • 10/20/2014 4:53:02 PM
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Terry I would bet you are right while someone may be attractive they may have very little in common with someone decades older. Long term relationships are built on much more than aesthetics.

Re: OkCupid
  • 10/18/2014 9:36:04 PM
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@Broadway I suppose if the only criterion will be physical attractiveness, then that makes sense. If they are looking for a long term partner, though, they want to also have some more common ground and so prefer less of an age gap. Not that I'm condoning this approach, mind you, it's just that I see the rationale. 

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