Her friend, Woman Number Six, quickly corroborates.“She is.I've never met anyone more cougar-y.”“You know that the men are all going to be over 45, right? “We’re trying to reform her.”* * *On Monday nights, I’m a speed-dating host.
All of their participants were real singles whose sole motivation for participation in the study was to find a real-life romantic or sexual mate.On each date, people scored each other on attractiveness, intelligence, ambition, and some other things, along with a to seeing the other person again on a regular date. noted gender differences in mate selection, such as: “Women put greater weight on the intelligence and the race of partner, while men respond more to physical attractiveness.” And this: “Men do not value women’s intelligence or ambition when it exceeds their own.” Seemed like data worth checking out. The point of it all is to match every woman with every man for a short period of time so that by the end, every one has gotten a chance to quickly know each other.In case you’re unfamiliar with the speed dating process, here’s how it works. The assumption is that you can learn a lot about a person in a short period of time.A few years ago I downloaded speed dating data from experiments conducted by Raymond Fisman, et al.(2005), which represents about 8,000 dates by 551 people.