Looks Matter the Most When it Comes to a Fling

Participants of this study chose their preferred partner based on various descriptions.

Both men and women mostly chose warmth/trustworthiness over status/resources for long or short-term relationships.

Men desired much more attractiveness/vitality for both a fling and long-term relationship than women.

Both genders increased the importance of attractiveness and vitality in short-term relationships. But they also lowered the importance of warmth and trustworthiness.


Fletcher, G. J. O., Tither, J.M., O’Loughlin, C., Friesen, M. & Overall., N. (2004). Warm and homely or cold and beautiful? Sex differences in trading off traits in mate selection. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 659-672.

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