Date: 2018-02-08 16:09
Preliminary results from the first large-scale speed dating experiment have shown that women make up their minds about potential partners much faster than men, and revealed the best type of chat-up lines.
Our senses and capabilities in this respect have evolved for reasons of survival (detecting threats quickly), and from successful mating (where the offspring of compatible genetic types thrives better than less compatible couplings).
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A clue as to why would-be lovers might want to avoid chatting about movies comes from additional questionnaire data from the study, showing that men and women have very different tastes in movies. For example, 99% of men liked action films compared to just 68% of women, whilst 79% of women liked musicals compared to only 9% of men.
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This is arguably a capability that has become fine-tuned in each of us through thousands of generations of human evolution.
"Men are often accused of being shallow and judging women very quickly - however, this evidence suggests that women may make up their minds much quicker than men", commented Wiseman. "It suggests men have only a few seconds to impress a woman, thus emphasising the importance of their opening comments".
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Women were twice as 'picky' as men, and the top rated man and woman of the evening had a 655% success rate, with all of their dates wanting to meet them again.