According to a new study, good-looking men and women often have more control over the amount of commitment and sexual activity in a relationship.
Elizabeth McClintock, a sociologist with the University of Notre Dame, found physically attractive women are more likely to form exclusive relationships than sexual relationships and are more likely to have less sexual partners. They are also less likely to have sexual intercourse within the ﬁrst week of meeting a partner.
On the flip side, the more physically attractive a man is, the more sexual partners he is likely to have.
“Good-looking men and women often have more
control over commitment and sexual activity.”
McClintock also found the majority of couples match up closely when it comes to physical attractiveness and other status markers.
Her research shows physical attractiveness acts as just one factor when it comes to mate selection and it operates a lot like other factors when selecting a mate, including education levels and income.
While McClintock notes good looks may be exchanged for status and ﬁnancial resources, she has found “the strongest force by far in partner selection is similarity — in education, race, religion and physical attractiveness.”
“I find little evidence of exchange, but I find very strong evidence of matching,” she said. “With some exceptions, the vast majority of couples select partners who are similar to themselves in both status and in attractiveness.”
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