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Title: Boy Scouts, Girl Guides: Male and female choices in internet dating.
Article Type: Article
Keywords: internet dating; male and female choices; evolutionary strategies; mating strategies; Lorenz
curve; Gini coefficient; income distribution
Corresponding Author: Professor Stuart Anstis, Ph.D.
Corresponding Author's Institution: UC San Diego
First Author: Stuart Anstis, Ph.D.
Order of Authors: Stuart Anstis, Ph.D.
Abstract: 100 young men and 100 young women were randomly selected from a commercial dating
website. We recorded the number of hits (visits to their online profile) and winks (attempts to contact)
received by each person. Results: Women were far more selective than men, visiting and contacting
far fewer candidates. Both sexes, but especially women, strongly biased their searches toward their
top candidates. Data followed log normal distributions, similar to the very unequal income
distributions found in the unplanned economies of developing countries, and were plotted as Lorenz
curves and Gini coefficients. The pattern of choices were somewhat optimized for the contrasting
evolutionary strategies of men and women.
Boy Scouts, Girl Guides: Male and female choices in internet dating.