Study Says Tinder Enforces ‘Ancient’ Dating Behavior; Women Want Status, Men Want Looks

ashley.rae | October 27, 2017
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A recent study of the behavior of Tinder users says the app allegedly reinforces “ancient mating behaviour” because -- shockingly -- women want high-status men and men want good-looking women.

The Scotsman reports psychologists at the University of Aberdeen studied the Tinder behavior of 20-somethings and found that men wanted women who were physical attractive, while women sought out signifiers of status, such as “good career prospects, stability and intelligence.”

Dr Mirjam Brady-Van den Bos said the results reveal “we haven’t really changed in all those millennia of evolution.”

“Tinder is seen as a sophisticated but artificial way of meeting prospective partners. What we’ve shown though is that the way people search for potential dates is in line with what evolutionary theories on human mating choices would predict,” she continued.

According to Brandy-Van den Bos, Tinder promotes the “McDonalisation” of dating by allowing people to make quick choices, which make them rely on their instincts.

Despite the fact that men appear to select for looks and women select for status, Tinder has recently unveiled an “anti-douchebag” “Menprovement Initiative” campaign that attacks successful men for having positive upbringings.

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