Mate intimate dating
They were asked to rate how likely they would be to consider a purely sexual relationship; a short-term relationship; a committed long-term relationship; or a friendship with each of these four people.
After the participants made their ratings, they learned that each of the potential mates possessed a specific potential deal breaker (e.g., an unhealthy lifestyle, undesirable personality traits, interest only in a casual sexual relationship when you’re interested in a serious relationship, or vice-versa).
However, statistically, these gender differences were significant, but fairly small, suggesting that men and women don’t differ very much in terms of their deal breakers or how important they are in their dating decisions.
Most of the students didn’t name that many—an average of just under 5 deal breakers for long-term relationships, and 3 for short-term relationships.
The table below shows the percentage of participants who chose each of the 17 traits, broken down by gender.