Dating mate selection

We tend to choose mates with similar attitudes, age, socioeconomic status, religion, ethnicity, intelligence and personality (Botwin et al., 1997; Buss & Barnes, 1986; Thiessen & Gregg, 1980; Vandenburg, 1972).We also prefer mates with similar physical traits (1976; Thiessen & Gregg, 1980; Vandenburg, 1972), such as height, hair colour and eye colour (Vandenburg, 1972).It is thus an interaction of an individual’s inner and outer worlds that determines the outcome of a first date.Possibly the best documented theory on human mating is assortative mating (Botwin et al., 1997). Individuals choose other individuals that show more similar characteristics to their own over individuals with less similar characteristics (Botwin et al., 1997; Buss & Barnes, 1986; 1976; Thiessen & Gregg, 1980; Vandenburg, 1972).We tend to choose partners with similar genotypes or phenotypes rather than to mate randomly.Previous studies have shown positive correlations between partners’ phenotypes.An interplay of an individual’s inner and outer worlds, that is intrapersonal factors (mate selection, mate choice, goals, personality) and interpersonal and situational factors (communication, behavioural scripts, location, time frame) is primarily resposible for determining the success or failure of a first date.

Findings also suggest that a first date stands before a possible romantic interest and is rather used to test for and create the basis for romantic potential.What factors are most important in determining the success of a first date?Factors that influence dating behaviour and mate selection can be divided into two broad categories (a variation of the four levels of analysis in social psychology (Doise, 1980)): , that is the interaction between individuals (scripts, social roles) and their societal positions, as well as factors in the external environment (location).To examine the factors that influence the success of pre-mating encounters, this study analyzes public texts on the success of first dates.Themes were identified in five accounts of ordinary people found online using keywords.

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