So they conducted three other experimental studies, varying the deal-breaking information that participants received about potential mates.
What are the most common deal breakers for men and women?In the first study, the researchers just wanted to get a general sense of what traits people were likely to see as deal breakers.So in a third study, the researchers surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2,744 single American adults.These participants were given a list of 17 traits and were asked to check off the ones they felt were deal breakers (as many as they wanted)."I would NEVER go out with someone who would do X, Y or Z...except that I always have..." :( I'd like researchers to figure out the answer to this!
When it comes to dating, God’s wisdom is desperately needed.
The researchers interpreted their findings as being consistent with evolutionary theory which posits that women are more discriminating in their mating choices than men.
This was supported by women’s slightly greater tendency to deem various traits deal breakers and their tendency to be especially affected by the presence of deal breakers in a potential mate.
However, statistically, these gender differences were significant, but fairly small, suggesting that men and women don’t differ very much in terms of their deal breakers or how important they are in their dating decisions.
This research also shows that when it comes to evaluating potential mates, we don't "accentuate the positive," as the old song goes, but rather, we put more weight on important Gwendolyn Seidman, Ph. is an associate professor of psychology at Albright College who studies relationships and cyberpsychology. That chronic unemployment (for whatever reason - lacking the ability to hold employment over the long haul) was not on any of this lists.
There are so many issues which aren’t explicitly addressed by Scripture, and therefore require wisdom.