In these speed dating sessions, the women stayed seated, and the men shifted each round.The pairs chatted for four minutes and then the men shifted again.For example, here are the one-way connections for the first dating session: These are the mutual connections from the same session: So what made one person more dateable than another?We can look at the pre-date surveys that asked others what they looked for in a partner and what they thought the opposite sex looked for.On each date, people scored each other on attractiveness, intelligence, ambition, and some other things, along with a to seeing the other person again on a regular date. noted gender differences in mate selection, such as: “Women put greater weight on the intelligence and the race of partner, while men respond more to physical attractiveness.” And this: “Men do not value women’s intelligence or ambition when it exceeds their own.” Seemed like data worth checking out. The point of it all is to match every woman with every man for a short period of time so that by the end, every one has gotten a chance to quickly know each other.In case you’re unfamiliar with the speed dating process, here’s how it works. The assumption is that you can learn a lot about a person in a short period of time.I won’t go too in depth here, but it’s fun to take a quick look.Some people said yes to almost everyone, casting a wide net, whereas others were more stingy with their yeses.
A few years ago I downloaded speed dating data from experiments conducted by Raymond Fisman, et al.(2005), which represents about 8,000 dates by 551 people.Some got a lot of yeses but only returned the favor a couple of times.Some people were really likable and ended up with a lot of mutual yeses.
People scored each other on a 1-to-10 scale and indicated whether or not s/he wanted to date the other.So a few things can happen: This also presented interesting dating styles.