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I usually took the income category with a grain of salt, assuming people would exaggerate it.What perked my interest in the guy I’m with was that he was a teacher.
It’s harder to make a decision unless we see it in context relative to another comparable option.
The marketers at The Economist slipped in the print only option (at $125) to make the print & web subscription look more appealing (also at $125).
Reply I’m sure statistically this is right, but I had a different experience.
I was only interested in guys who posted a picture, because you honestly have no idea what you’re going to get if they don’t.
If I had to choose between two guys: one who makes $250,000 per year and was just “ok” looking, and the other who makes around $60,000 per year but was “hot”, I’d choose the guy with the cash. They recorded activity from 23,000 online daters during a three and a half month period and found that: “For men there is no amount of income that the woman in the bottom ten percent in terms of appearance can earn to make men prefer her over women in the top 10 percent.
This is the truth though according to a few researchers from University of Chicago and MIT who did a study to find out what factors drive communication between men and women.
We make comparisons in order to help us make decisions for the same reason we stereotype people: it’s a short cut for our brain when we don’t want to think too hard about something.
Look at this example from Dan Ariely’s book Predictably Irrational: option, and ZERO chose the second option.
Have you ever ordered dessert with out asking what all the choices are or looking at the dessert menu?
Maybe you want chocolate cake, but you always want to know what your other options are so you can compare the chocolate cake you think you want to a potentially better dessert?
For those of you who’ve never been on these sites (or at least tell people you haven’t), there’s usually a place for guys to enter their income on their dating profile, it looks like this on match.com: So now we know this guy’s an English speaking liberal dancer who loves dogs, awesome. Whatever the case is, girls are left making of assumptions about a guy’s career since a lot of them don’t indicate how much money they make.