Cash in hand, want better looking mate: Significant resource cues raise men’s mating standards

Jose C. Yong, Norman P. Li

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Abstract

Resources are a cardinal component of male mate value in the sexual exchange between men and women. Inspired by theories and research suggesting a link between mating and resource constructs as well as studies linking money and valuations of others, the current study tests the hypothesis that cues to resource availability may lead to higher mating standards for men, but not women. Participants were exposed to either stacks of paper, a small sum of money (104 Singapore dollars ∼USD$84), or a large sum of money (2600 Singapore dollars ∼USD$2100). Consistent with the hypothesis, after male – but not female – participants handled a large sum of money, they raised their minimum requirements for a date. We discuss how the results are consistent with an evolutionary perspective on mating and how future research can further investigate environmentally contingent self-assessments and strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-58
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume53
Issue number1
Early online date17 Mar 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes

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