Women under 40 seeking a partner online are more particular than men, especially when it comes to education, according to a QUT study into the online dating behaviour of more than 41,000 Australians. “Do men and women know what they want? Sex differences in educational preference” by QUT behavioural economists Dr Stephen Whyte, Dr Ho Fai Chan and Professor Benno Torgler has just been published by leading international journal Psychological Science.
- Across all age groups (18-80) women are more likely than men to state a preference
- Women in peak fertility are more picky about the education level of men they prefer; seeking the same level or higher in a potential mate
- Over 40, men become more picky than women about the education level of their partner
- Online dating a multi-million-dollar growth industry
The study stems from the largest ever behavioural economic analysis of Australian online dating behaviour; reviewing 219,013 participant contacts by 41,936 members of online dating website RSVP during a four-month period in 2016.[…]