In this study, the researchers analyzed the age preferences of approximately 480 heterosexual Match.com members. It was predicted that males would seek females who were younger than themselves and females would seek males who were older than themselves.
For each dating profile, data was collected on the age offered and the minimum and maximum ages sought. It was found that males tend to seek romantic partners that are increasingly younger than themselves whereas females tend to look for partners that are slightly older than themselves.
Lorri Leong, ’15
St. Louis, MO
Leanna Doyle, ’14
Majors: Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology
Anneke Johnson, ’15
Ariadne Penalva ’15
Puerto Vallarta Jalisco, Mexico
Majors: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Psychology
Sponsor: William Dragon