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The following research is a study of gender differences in selecting romantic partners The goal of the study was to determine if males and females place different values on characteristics of the opposite sex while selecting a romantic partner To research this situation surveys were distributed at random to both males and females The survey asked these people to rank features they felt influenced their decision in selecting romantic partners Through analysis of the surveys it has discovered that men and women are more similar then expected On average both men and women responded that they put more weight in personality traits then they do in physical traits From person to person one thing that seems to differ the most is values Where one person may put a great deal of importance another might not put any Such is the case in which people choose romantic partners An attribute one person may find very attractive or important another might not be interested in at all Do values differ between sexes Many people would say yes while others may refute this The issue that this study is concerned with is whether males assign greater weight to physical attributes in selecting romantic partners while females assign greater weight to personality features An article in the Journal of College Student Development reported that research found that African American men favored physical characteristics while African American women favored Social stratification variables Research published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences showed that men reported to find themselves attracted to physical traits while women found themselves drawn to commitment and intimacy An article in the journal of Evolution and Human Behavior women reported to use non-physical traits to form a pool of potential partners Another article published by the same journal reported that characteristics at which males and females use to judge potential partners depend on how long the relationship is intended to last Criteria used for a short-term relationship
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