bb relationships - Personal Advertisement Studies Does what...

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“Market value”: proportion of individuals seeking partners of a given age divided by available partners of that age. Ex: Women less demanding with age, men more (requesting partners who are childless, low weight). Hit rate highest for males: Females: Men more influenced by woman’s att, women by men’s status/ success (Goode 1996) . Other cultures : Buss’ study. Western cultures criticized for over emphasis on physical beauty, but in people in non western/ non north american countries place MORE importance on looks. Personal Advertisement Studies Does what people want tell us about why its important?
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Why do unattractive people seem to pair with other unattractive people? Why don’t we seek out the most beautiful and ask them out? Desirability= . Matching hypothesis: we consider our att, personal char, $, and estimate our social exchange value. Evidence for Matching and Satisfaction : Similar couples: more intimate, greater love, stay mar more than mismatched. Not just romantic relationships… S ame sex friends and roommates are more satisfied. Matching
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Relationships: What predicts? You don’t… Parents and roommate were better at forecasting future of dating r-ship Proximity: class, social events, job, church. Similarity: sharing interests, values. Match on: race, age, relig, education. “But I’m different from my boyfriend” range restriction. Who are you automatically excluding from consideration? Part of “we have similar attitudes” in early relationship may be partly romantic projection . afterward, recognition that differences were there from the beginning. Positive illusion: portray partner in best light. Current partner’s characteristics receive generous interpretations “ideal mate” changes over time to resemble what we have.
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Reciprocal liking: develop feelings for someone who shares the feelings. Knowing they like us bolsters self esteem. Neutral feelings
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