Online dating mate selection
However, while the two hypotheses may produce similar outcomes, they carry very different implications about the processes by which people identify and attract partners.
If there is consensus about who is desirable, then it creates a hierarchy of desirability () such that individuals can, at least in principle, be ranked from least to most desirable, and their ranking will predict how and to what extent they are pursued by others.
This in turn implies that people differ in their opinions about what constitutes a desirable partner or at least about who is worth pursuing.
We also find that the probability of receiving a response to an advance drops markedly with increasing difference in desirability between the pursuer and the pursued.We present an empirical analysis of heterosexual dating markets in four large U. cities using data from a popular, free online dating service.We show that competition for mates creates a pronounced hierarchy of desirability that correlates strongly with user demographics and is remarkably consistent across cities.A scaled rank of 1 denotes the most desirable man or woman in a city by our measure, and 0 denotes the least desirable.It is important to emphasize that, while we use Page Rank as an operational measure of desirability, we do not assume that users of the website themselves use Page Rank, or anything like it, to identify attractive mates.