Attractive women and online dating
For example, you might ask, “On a scale of one to ten, how important is it that your mate is the same race as you?
” This is an interesting question because we observe surprising few mixed race marriages in the census data and finding out why is informative (we will definitely return to the question of same-race preference in a future post).
According to the Pew Research Center, the overwhelming majority of Americans suggest that online dating is a good way to meet people.
Interestingly, more than 15% of adults say that they have used either mobile dating apps or an online dating site at least once in the past.
If women didn’t care about looks and only cared about money, the figure would be much, much lower.The problem with a lot of online dating applications is that they don’t really work.Many are just ‘fad’ applications that squeeze money from punters with no intention of matching you with a suitable partner. Most people probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it’s more common for people to lie in their online profile than be completely honest.If we can’t directly observe the market for a mate, we only really have two options if we want to determine people’s preferences: ask people their preferences or observe the outcome of the market.Neither one of these options is satisfactory though.