Remote partners seemed people more attractive

Psychologists have found that people who have to make choices of partners, the opposite sex seem more valuable and desirable from the point of view of sexual relations. Article published in Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Despite the fact that people tend to feel sympathy for those they like themselves, the immediate response expression of interest in another person is not always the most effective strategy for attracting a potential partner. People are too easy to attract, may be perceived as more desperate and therefore less valuable and attractive than those who show your romantic interest immediately. However, studies on this issue are few and limited.

To determine whether hard-to-reach people are more sexual interest, Gurit Birnbaum (Gurit E. Birnbaum) from the Interdisciplinary center (IDC) in Herzliya, together with colleagues conducted three experiments, each involving over a hundred students. Subjects interacted with a person of the other sex, which in fact was a member of the research team and then rated their own perception of the value of a partner and their desire to enter with it sexual relations.

In the first study, participants created an online profile, which was available to their photo and information about where they live, what I study at University, what are your Hobbies and how selective in choosing partners. Then they were asked to read the profile of another person, which was available the same information. Half of the students viewed the page in which it was stated that the other “subject” is selective in choosing partners, while the other half read a profile of less selective person. After the participants in a few minutes communicated via messenger.

It turned out that the fake participants whose online profile said that they are careful about choosing partners (and therefore harder to interest) seemed more valuable subjects (p = 0.002) and, therefore, more desirable from the point of view of sexual relations (p < 0.001), compared with those participants who were freer about choosing partners.

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