Speed dating game definition
When it comes to the dating game, the traits people look for in potential mates depend on the size of the dating pool, a new study suggests.In larger groups, people are more likely to use physical characteristics, such as height and weight, to make their dating choice — features that don't take much time to assess — the study researchers say.The events ranged from quite small (15 to 23 participants) to larger (24 to 31 participants).Each date was three-minutes long, and when the event was over, subjects indicated who they would like to go out with."The choice environment has a hidden effect on people's preferences, on their "list".That is, they change what they are looking for depending on how many options they perceive that they have," Lenton said.
However, in larger groups, participants were more likely to pick dates based on physical characteristics, and the reverse was true of subjects in smaller groups.
The study was published March 9 in the journal Psychological Science.