In a paper published by the Journal of Personality, researchers had over 2,700 college students from across the globe build themselves an ideal lifelong partner by using a fixed budget to "buy" characteristics.
While traits like physical attractiveness and financial prospects were important, the one that was given the highest priority was kindness.
Study - Preferences - Students - Eastern - Countries
The study compared the dating preferences of students from Eastern countries, for example Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, and Western countries such as the UK, Norway and Australia.
Students were given eight attributes they could spend "mate dollars" on: physical attractiveness, good financial prospects, kindness, humour, chastity, religiosity, the desire for children, and creativity.
Differences - Behaviour - Eastern - Students - Similarities
While there were some differences in behaviour between Eastern and Western students -- there were also some remarkable similarities.
People typically spent 22-26% of their total budget on kindness, and large parts of their budget on physical attractiveness and good financial prospects, while traits like creativity and chastity received less than 10%.
Research - Team - Sex - Differences - Eastern
The research team also found some interesting sex differences -- both Eastern and Western men allocated...
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