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Date published: 2007/09/04

The BBC says:

Men look for beauty, while women go for wealth when it comes to assessing future partners, researchers say.

An Indiana University team looked at the behaviour of 46 people taking part in a speed-dating session.

They found that the men were more likely to go for the more attractive women, while women opted for those who could give the best financial security.
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Speed-dating is becoming an increasingly popular way for singles to meet, involving scores of mini-dates whereby couples get a few minutes to get to know each other.
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Dr Glenn Wilson, a relationships expert at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, added: "It is well known that men select women for fairly superficial reasons, whereas women think much more about the long-term and the qualities and resources needed to bring up children.

Give these geniuses a bonus for spending time and money figuring out that in an artificial context (speed-dating) they can elicit trivial stereotyped conclusions from people. But what in the world is Wilson saying when he claims that "men select women for fairly superficial reasons, whereas women think much more about the long-term and the qualities and resources needed to bring up children". Since when is beauty more "superficial" than wealth? (And you have to love the BBC stating that "speed-dating is becoming an increasingly popular way for singles to meet". Speed-dating is ever so last year.)

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