Biological & Sociobiological perspectives
Based on reproduction
1 egg vs. 1 million sperm
Homophily: have contact with people who are equal in social status
Matching phenomenon: for men and women to choose as partners people
who match then, that is, who are similar in attitudes, intelligence, and
In a COMPAS poll study, more that 1/2 the participants reported meeting
their partner through friends (33%), at school (12%), through family (3%),
or religious settings (3%)
Is attraction all physical?
o Male/female that go on more dates seem to be more attractive
We are what we do?
o Male with jobs with higher pay are more attractive women
Importance of confidence o More physically attractive
Websites now have tens of thousands of personals ads
Educated, affluent, 20-to-40-years-olds
“Scientific” approach to pairing up
Technology forces you to focus on similar interests
Dating in the Dark?
Forces you to focus on the person’s interests and values
o Face-to-face vs. online… what do you think?
How do we communicate? Which ways are most mean