Further supporting this interpretation, the authors argue that their study had good “ecological validity.” This means that the experimental conditions of this study were a strong approximation of those in real-life.
Apart from the requirement that the participants had to provide a narrative report and a numerical rating of the date, the dates unfolded as they normally would in regular life.
For sample, there were also significantly more couples in which the man was older as opposed to the woman being older, 72 and 27 pairs, respectively.
And though not statistically significant, the ratings of dates were this time in the predicted direction.
This is also in keeping with Parental Investment Theory, which maintains that men are attracted to women who advertise signs of fertility — that is, youth.
Those responsible at these respective newspapers make their best effort to make a match, which is based on participants' answers to an online questionnaire.
The questionnaires request information about the applicants’ age, height, occupation, marital status, sexual orientation, and race/ethnicity.
So far, though, it isn't easy to find the exposed cheaters online.
That could change soon if the hackers decide to publish the information on a public website.
(Couples who were the same age were not included in this analysis). For sample, there were significantly more couples in which the man was older as opposed to the woman being older, 133 and 56 pairs, respectively.