Consistent with parental investment theory, women, on average, tended to state an interest in long-term mating more so than men did.
This was only relative though: both men and women reported a desire for long-term mating, and most men in this dating context did choose a long-term mating orientation. Popularity was heavily influenced by easily perceivable physical attributes such as facial and vocal attractiveness, height, and weight.
The researchers also found rather weak effects of similarity, a finding probably due to the brief interactions these individuals engaged in.Most certainly, it takes more time than 3-minutes to form a deep connection. They found that the chances of mating (i.e., having sex) with a speed-dating partner was 6%, whereas the chances of relating (i.e.Sociosexuality and shyness did a better job predicting popularity in this speed dating context than the personality traits extraversion and neuroticism, which are correlated with sociosexuality and shyness, respectively (sociosexuality with extraversion, shyness with neuroticism).The researchers relate this finding to the bandwidth-fidelity trade-off found in personality research, in which"narrower traits that are tailored to specific situational contexts and behaviours often outperform broader traits in predictive power, whereas broader traits often outperform narrower traits if the goal is to predict many different behaviours in many different contexts." once physical attributes were already taken into account, and also provided additional prediction of popularity above and beyond physical attractiveness.Seeing as I have very little understanding of women (as do the rest of us males), perhaps I'm missing something but it sounds quite counter-intuitive.
The arguments for this seem either forced or just speculation because it seems that men who prefer casual encounters or are willing to engage in such, are less likely to want a long-term commitment.
The chances of a women mating increased if their partner had a short-term mating orientation, and the chances of a man mating increased if their partner had a long-term mating orientation.
This finding was confirmed both after 6 weeks and 1 year after the speed-dating event. They figure that the chances of finding a sexual romantic partner will be lower than speed-dating if one visits a café for 2 hours actively in search of a partner and higher if one visits a dive bar with a certain reputation.
They set up a speed-dating event and invited a total of 382 people (190 men and 192 women) who were aged 18-54 to participate.
All of their participants were real singles whose sole motivation for participation in the study was to find a real-life romantic or sexual mate.
The researchers suggest that this may be due to traditional male sex roles, which require men to be assertive and proactive in the mating domain, skills that may not come as easily to shy guys.