Rules of the dating game for women
That is less true today, yet women remain much more selective.
Is this difference a vestige of our early ancestry?
Afterward, both men and women indicate to the sponsor if they would be interested in seeing any of the others again. That is expected, but Finkel and Eastwick had a novel theory about why.
This is well known, but the reason for this gender difference is unclear.
Evolutionary psychologists think it is because back in prehistoric times “dating” was much riskier for women.
“My boyfriend is closer to my dad’s age than he is to mine,” says Sarah, 27.
“When I first told my parents that I was dating someone much older they were skeptical -- but once we hit the one-year mark they finally understood that it wasn’t a phase, and wanted to meet him, which was weird, but I think that the way my boyfriend handled it was great.After each date, the participants rated their partners for romantic desirability and romantic chemistry.They also rated their own sense of self-confidence on the date."He acknowledged the elephant in the room by cracking a joke with my dad about a sports championship they were both alive for that I was obviously not, and from there the meeting went much more smoothly.