How Intelligence Influences Dating
Dating may seem as simple as being attracted to someone and then seeing where it goes, but a lot of factors – some complex – can come into play. One such factor is intelligence, which some researchers think plays an important part in choosing a mate. This holds true whether it's a short-term fling of sorts or a long-term relationship.
Is it a Conscious Choice?If you ask someone what qualities are important in a partner, they may very well say that intelligence ranks highly on their list. These kinds of conscious choices exist for most of us but we may be responding from much more subtle cues.
Whether someone is degree educated or highly articulate is one thing if you associate these traits with intelligence. But, researchers think that there are many other cues and that we may not be aware of how we respond to a potential partner when it comes to intelligence.
Looking for Love or FunOne study found that whether a woman was looking for a one-night stand or a long-term relationship didn't matter when it comes to a man's intelligence. The study found that both kinds of women wanted a 'genius' as opposed to a 'jock' for a fling or a partner.
They saw these men as being far more capable of providing for their needs, both in the short-term and in the long-term. For the latter, women thought that such a man would be more likely to sustain the family while also passing on any genes for intelligence to his children.
Interestingly enough, women in most of these studies were found to be quite accurate at judging intelligence. Previous studies had shown that intelligence wasn't important to women who wanted a quick fling or one-night stand. But in this recent study, the intelligence of a man turned out to be a relatively reliable way to determine his appeal in both serious partnerships and short-term ones.