Thursday, September 17, 2009

Women's Tendency To "Poach"

I found this intriguing: A new study, published in the current issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology shows that most single women actually prefer men who are already in a committed relationship.

Men and women were matched with students based on a description of their ideal romantic partner. When researchers described the women's match as single, 59 percent of the single women in the study were interested in pursuing him. However, when they described the exact same man as being in a committed relationship, 90 percent of the women were interested. Neither the men nor the already attached women who participated showed this preference. Only the single women.

Is it just me, or is this incredibly disturbing?

Past psychological studies have shown that some women may try to lure a man away from his current partner, a phenomenon known as 'mate poaching.' One 2004 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggested that as many as one in five long-term relationships began when one or both partners was already in a relationship with someone else.


Jobina said...

I've heard of this before. Girls want someone established who is able to commit. Problem:they lure the guy away and develop a "committed" relationship with him all the while ignoring the fact that he was unfaithful to his previous partner! They also somehow think that he'll never leave a woman, "he'd never do that to me!" Well he did it Sister and it was while he was "committed"! It's unfortunate that so many women have deluded themselves and believe these lies. It causes so many people so much heartache. Go for the single guys ladies! But be choosy!

Moxymama said...

I believe it. It's sad....I agree with Jobina above. If he cheated on his girlfriend/wife to be with you, there is nothing to prevent him from doing the same thing to you. Interesting.

Jay Boaz said...

Sounds like "bro's before" y'know has more weight than "sisters before misters".

(I don't know if sisters before misters is even a phrase but I couldn't think of an equivalent to the bro's phrase)


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