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The Article I read dealt with love and how little or large a part it plays in who we choose to spend the rest of our lives with Over the last few years Ive dated my share of men and after reading this article I realize that I have my own list of qualities for rating men and it has changed over the years You might be thinking Oh thats awful but it is my belief that every one does this or has done this to a certain extent In this article Love and Mate Selection in the 1990s by Elizabeth Rice Allegier and Michael W Weisderman it explains how people over the last 60 years have used a rating system to select their life partners It also shows how the importance of certain qualities has changed from 1939 to the present Most importantly it asked its subjects How important is love as a basis for marriage todaySimpson 2 The survey subjects in this article were male and female college students from 1939 to the 1990s It was said that in the period between 1939-1967 the most important qualities in a mate were Dependable Character and Emotional stability When David Buss tested this hypothesis in 1989 he found that physical Attractiveness and Financial Prospects were now of more importance Lastly they took a survey about the importance of love in a marriage and was the loss of that love sufficient reason to get divorced The answer the subjects gave changed greatly over the years In the mid 1960s college students were first asked if they would marry a person they didnt love if the person ranked high in all of the other qualities Two thirds of the men said No whereas only a quarter of the women said they would not Allegier and Wiesderman 3 When the same question was asked in 1990 90 of the students
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