Lecture 13 10/29/2012
Research Evidence: youth
Personal ads research
Preference for youth varies with mens age [kenrick and keefe, 1992]
But. Why don’t older men go for the 25 year olds?
They wont be compatible – have grandkids or kids that age, and it just doesn’t make sense
Daly & Wilson  the larger the gap in the age for the relationship the larger the relationship violence,
leading to homicide
Older men are looking for women who are relatively younger than them not absolutely younger than them
[i.e. Donald trump is a real life example of preference for relative youth]
Is younger always better?
Alternative to the evolutionary mate?
If younger takes you out of the peak of the younger age, than from an evolutionary perspective is not that
Control hypothesis: want younger women to be able to control their younger women
Plausible? What does the evidence suggest? Do men always want younger mates? No.
Teens age preference?
Is youth itself the cue, or is it reproductive fitness?
Kenrick et al  ‘think about what type of person you would find attractive to go on a date with?’ – basic
The younger kids do not support the hypothesis of control, the guy is choosing someone older, but they
know they’re not going to get them, so they compromise with someone who will be more compatible with
Men prefer to mate with younger women
Unless these younger women would