Dating mate selection
Much empirical evidence shows that female and male partners look alike along a variety of attributes.It is, however, unclear how this positive sorting comes about because marriage is an equilibrium outcome arising from a process that entails searching, meeting, and choosing one another.This study takes advantage of unique data to shed light on the forces driving choices at the earliest stage of a relationship.Both women and men value physical attributes, such as age and weight, and reveal that their dating choices are assortative along several traits.Moreover, men do not value women's intelligence or ambition when it exceeds their own.Also, we find that women exhibit a preference for men who grew up in affluent neighborhoods.Do these aspects of collectivism exert countervailing pressures on mate choices and relationship quality?In the present research, we found that collectivism was associated with greater acceptance of parental influence over mate choice, thereby driving relationship commitment down (Studies 1 and 2), but collectivism was also associated with stronger family ties (referred to as family allocentrism), which drove commitment up (Study 2).
Choosing a mate is a problem that humans share with most other animals because successful reproduction is central to natural selection. "sociosexuality and romantic partner choice." journal of personality 60(1):31–51.singh, d. "female judgment of male attractiveness and desirability for relationships: role of waist-to-hip ratio and financial status." journal of personality and social psychology 69(6):1089–1101.taylor, p. In this article the authors examine dating and mate selection preferences and experiences from the perspective of young men and women from immigrant families.Through in-depth personal interviews with 35 second generation youth from diverse cultures, the authors explored: (1) parental influences and expectations of their children's mate choices; (2) the roles of gender, birth order, and length of residency in the United States in expectations for mate selection; and (3) immigrant youth's preferences for marriage partners.Analysis of the participants’ narratives revealed that, compared with fluent bilinguals, limited bilinguals reported weaker connections to their heritage culture.Most participants progressed through the model of ethnic identity formation, which was influenced by their family socialization and community context, and reported integrated or bicultural ethnic identities.