Women science and dating
Here, we report results from a quantitative study of aspirational mate pursuit in adult heterosexual romantic relationship markets in the United States, using large-scale messaging data from a popular online dating site (see the “Data” section).We provide a crisp, operational definition of desirability that allows us to quantify the dating hierarchy and measure, for instance, how far up that hierarchy men and women can reach for partners and how reach is associated with the likelihood of getting a response.A scaled rank of 1 denotes the most desirable man or woman in a city by our measure, and 0 denotes the least desirable.It is important to emphasize that, while we use Page Rank as an operational measure of desirability, we do not assume that users of the website themselves use Page Rank, or anything like it, to identify attractive mates.Strategic behaviors can improve one’s chances of attracting a more desirable mate, although the effects are modest.).One possible explanation for this is the matching hypothesis, which suggests that men and women pursue partners who resemble themselves.We present an empirical analysis of heterosexual dating markets in four large U. cities using data from a popular, free online dating service.
If there is consensus about who is desirable, then it creates a hierarchy of desirability () such that individuals can, at least in principle, be ranked from least to most desirable, and their ranking will predict how and to what extent they are pursued by others.
A standard measure of this reflected desirability is Page Rank ().
Here, we calculate Page Rank scores for the populations within each of our four cities (see the “Network analysis” section) and then rank men and women separately from least to most desirable.
Thus, people compete on some attributes and match on others.
While these studies provide valuable insights about matching and competition on an attribute-by-attribute basis, they do not capture the overall dating hierarchy that reflects total demand for each person in the market.