Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Thin slicing first dates

Apparently a study has shown that although both men and women are terrific at judging men's level of interest on a first date, they're likewise equally poor at judging women's.

However, that doesn't mean it's because Evolutionary theory, said Place, predicts a certain level of coyness or even deceptiveness in women because if a relationship is abandoned they may face greater costs, including pregnancy and child rearing. When choosing a mate, it is in a woman's best interest to get men to open up and talk honestly to give her a better idea of whether they would be good long-term partners. It's because as women, we're socialized to keep a conversation going, and to pretend interest in men.

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