This partially contradicts part of my thesis, for those who have previously followed some of my previous posts, with my own online experiments and my compilation of meta-analysis. Most of the empirical and theoretical evidence establishes that females are more selective in all their mating considerations. Where female sexual choices will always tend towards small male breeding populations. In more colloquial terms, what this means is that male/female ‘leagues’ are asymmetrical, with male ‘rank’ being bottom heavy in distribution, while female ‘rank’ being top heavy.
The problem with these ‘leagues’ is that they are asymmetrical (meaning that there is a higher probability of a female attracting any given statistical subset of ranked males, than the reverse), rendering a disproportionate scarcity of receptive females for lower ranked males in mating leks (i.e. nightclubs/bars, online dating sites, speed dating events)
So I’m thinking about writing a future post where I could address this disassortative mating issue. According the online dating & speed dating data, mainly we will see conventionally men dating less attractive female partners, frequently, irrespective of independent status indicators. And cases of the reverse dynamic would be vanishingly rare. Then, which are the specific reasons for this kind of couple mismatches, being female partner more beautiful than their boyfriends? My intuition tells me that most of this type of romantic pairings are arising out of mating leks context. But I’ll leave that speculation for upcoming posts.
Do equity considerations influence observers’ impressions of a romantic couples? In the present post, I collected some mismatch young couples drawn from social networks, where a mate value discrepancy occurs because, from my own perception, there is a mismatch in the value of mates between partners (average-looking guys having a romantic relationship with attractive women.)
In order to research this notion, I need to test this possibility by examining the readers’ impressions of these romantic partners who are mismatched in physical attractiveness (female partner will be more physically attractive than her male partner). In this situation, observers instinctually categorize the opposite-sex member of the couple as a potential mate and the same-sex member of the couple as a competitor for the potential mate’s affection.
I would wish to ask my readers their assessment for each individual on physical attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being not attractive and 5 being very attractive. I need to verify that the female mate is more attractive than her current male partner. Blog readers are going to view photos of dating couples. So I would be grateful if you could rate these individuals on physical attractiveness.
In upcoming essays I will examine this matching dynamic in an future experiment in the context of online dating (okcupid site). I’ll create male dummy profiles using the pictures of these guys . I hypothesize that these average-looking men will get a very low success rate (both in number of interested contacts and the physical quality of them, far below their real girlfriends) in the online dating context.
I would appreciate your ratings. Thanks.