Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Several evolutionary theories provide the framework for assessing modern mate selection. Previous research in female mate selection has left a gap in whether and how number of children a male has can impact the perception of monetary resources he possesses and subsequently his desirability as a mate. The present investigation thus set out to examine resource-related differences among males with average ($50,001-75,000) and above average incomes (>$150,000) by analyzing data available through the online dating website, match.com. Furthermore, the geographic locations of New York, New York and Louisville, Kentucky were used to both refine results but also maintain genera lizability of findings. Results indicated that males possessing children had significantly lower interest from females regardless of income bracket or geographic location. Discussion surrounds limiting factors of the experiment including whether the male's degree of parental custody of existing children impacts his attractiveness as a mate and whether the female's desire or not for children confounds trends in mate selection as well.
BF1 .M63 v. 19 no. 1 2013
"What a girl wants: female mate selection in terms of monetary resources and number of children,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 19
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol19/iss1/6