A new study published in Frontiers in Psychology has found that our romantic choices are not just based on feelings and emotions, but how rich we feel compared to others.
For the study, the researchers performed two experiments on groups of Chinese college students who already involved in heterosexual long-term relationships. The couples were made to think they were either wealthy or poor to examine their mating behavior.
Participants were then randomly assigned to a relatively wealthy or relatively poor group.
In the first study men who felt rich were less satisfied with their partners’ physical attractiveness and were more interested in short-term relationships than those who were made to feel that they were poor.
However, women who felt wealthy did not make higher demands regarding the men’s physical appearance.
In the second study, all of the wealthy participants found it easier to interact with an attractive member of the opposite sex than those belonging to a financially disadvantaged class.
Likewise, more men than women from both wealthy and poor conditions selected a closer seat to the more attractive people.
“Wealthy men attach more importance to a mate’s physical attractiveness setting higher standards and preferring to engage in short-term mating than those who have less money. However, for committed women, money may lead to less variation in their mating strategies because losing a long-term relationship generally has a higher reproductive cost,” Chan explained.
“We expect that our findings are likely to be found in other cultures as well,” Chan said, adding “because the basic mechanisms of mate selection have been found to be rather similar across culture.”
The study was so far limited to a particular culture, but this plays a role for human mating overall, the researchers noted.Follow @gorkhapost
Bakar-Eid being celebrated
POKHARA — The Muslim people people are celebrating their grand festival, Bakar Eid, with much fanfare today.
The festival which is to be continued for three days from today is also known as ‘Eid-Ul-Juha’. The Muslim community considers this as a festival of devotion.
Ali Miya Literary Foundation, Pokhara Chairperson and religious preacher Hanif Miya informed that the festival marked the beginning with the recitation of Islam scripture Nawaz at Idgaha of Pokhara in the early morning today.
The Muslim people who are almost 10,000 in number in Pokhara alone are marking the festival with much excitement, he added.
The Muslims visit the mosques, offer prayers to Allah, perform the Namaj prayers and exchange greetings each others on the occasion.Follow @gorkhapost