When It Comes To Dating – We Care What Others Think

Thu, Oct 7, 2010

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Researchers from Indiana University’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences have just completed a study which indicates that our decisions about who we date are heavily influenced by what complete strangers think. These scientists set up an experiment where 80 college students — 40 males and 40 females — viewed video footage taken at a speed dating event. The participants in this study were then queried as to which people featured in the video they found attractive. A strong correlation arose between the study participant’s feelings and the demeanor of the date of that given person . When shown clips of people with someone else who is interested in them, the study subjects also found that person attractive. However, when different study participants were shown clips of the same person — but with someone on a date who appears to be bored or otherwise not interested in them — then they were inclined to not find them attractive.

The conclusion to be drawn is that we take our cues from others — often complete strangers. When women see other women checking out a guy, they are immediately inclined to find him attractive themselves — even if he falls outside of what their usual “type” is. Many guys have surely experienced this phenomenon — when out with a very nice looking lady they see that other women are more apt to check them out. When it rains, it pours. The next time you see someone who you think is attractive — think hard whether that is your own feeling or whether you are just taking cues from others around you.

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