Attending to social information: what makes men less desirable

Anderson, Ryan C. (2021) Attending to social information: what makes men less desirable. Sexuality and Culture, 25 (6). pp. 1946-1965.

[img] PDF (Published Version) - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

View at Publisher Website:


Mate copying is a type of social influence whereby the desirability of a potential mate is modified as a result of being romantically chosen by an opposite-sex other. While research into mate copying typically focuses on how an individual’s desirability can be raised by having a previous partner, it can also be lowered. Here we present two studies that look at how a previous partner can influence how one is romantically perceived. Study 1 presented women (N = 103) with profiles of men alongside mate-relevant information offered by the former partners of the men, and had them rate the long-term desirability of the featured men. Using a similar methodology, Study 2 (N = 284) varied who was providing the information. Study 1 found that a man’s perceived desirability is lowered when a previous partner offers negative information about the relationship. Study 2 found that a man’s perceived romantic desirability can be lowered depending on who his previous partner was and how long they were romantically associated for. It was concluded that relationship decisions about a prospective romantic partner are influenced by both implicit and explicit information provided by their former partners.

Item ID: 69990
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1936-4822
Keywords: Desirability, Former partners, Mate copying, Mate-relevant information, Physical attractiveness
Copyright Information: © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2021.
Research Data:
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2022 00:11
Downloads: Total: 1
More Statistics

Actions (Repository Staff Only)

Item Control Page Item Control Page