James Cook University PhD candidate Ryan Anderson has conducted a study into how women decide on the right man. The study aimed to find what, if any, factors influenced a woman’s choice.
Perhaps a little unsurprisingly, the study found that women found that women favoured men who had had a small number of partners, were less attracted to men who had had more than five relationships, and were least attracted to men with no previous relationship experience.
The findings confirmed the hypothesis that women don’t choose partners completely independently, and are influenced by whether or not one or two other women had found the potential mate desirable as well.
The phenomenon, which Anderson has termed ‘mate-copying’, was more common amongst younger women. Interestingly, a woman’s perception of her own attractiveness did not predict whether or not she was more or less likely to mate-copy.
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