Some research I have done into the flirting behaviour of various cultures shows that when women have economic freedom ( a situation so rare, that not much research has been done on this subject) like in Stockholm, the whole game changes.Sexually, women are more likely to 'act like men'.I'm interested in why some people like dating multiple people at a time and others only focus on one. Dear Reader, As you’ve probably noticed, the expectation in most cultures and societies is for individuals to be romantically involved with only one person at a time.
But again, forgetting how modern conventions have impacted this, have you ever heard of something called birth control?
It puts men and women on an equal playing field when it comes to the burden of raising non-existent children after a steamy night out.
I find the field of evolutionary psychology frustrating and not helpful in our progression towards equality for men and women.
I can certainly appreciate your concerns about the limitations of evolutionary psychology, and I should point out that nowhere in this article do I say that it is THE explanation or the only explanation for why some people report greater desire for multiple partners.
In fact, new research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, by Dr.
Terri Conley at the University of Michigan, has shown that women are just as likely to say yes to a casual sexual encounter as men.As a result, the best evolutionary strategy for women is usually to be selective and hold out for a partner who will be reliable.Thus, to answer your question, there are a lot of reasons why someone might choose to date several people at the same time, but at least for men, the desire for multiple partners might stem from an evolutionary drive. Click here for other topics on Science of Relationships.In fact, research from around the world has shown that men have significantly greater desire for “sexual variety” (i.e., having a lot of different partners) over the course of their lives than women. From an evolutionary perspective, one of our major motivations or instincts is to produce as many of our own genetic offspring as possible in order to ensure that our genes are carried on to future generations.However, because the act of producing a child is, undisputedly, simpler for men than it is for women, the sexes tend to approach the mating game very differently.He also conducts research on commitment, sexuality, and safer-sex practices.