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
2 Nepalis in Lhasa jail for smuggling gold
RASUWA — Two Nepali youths are reported to be in a jail in Lhasa of China, on the charge of their involvement in gold smuggling.
Gyal Dorje Tamang of Gosaikunda Rural Municipality-5 in Rasuwa and Bikash Waiba of Hakubesi of Aamachhodongmo Rural Municipality were detained in Chinese territory by the customs department informers of the Tibet government around a month ago as they were about to enter Nepal on a truck bearing the Nepali number plate.
The Chinese side confiscated nine pieces of precious yellow metal from the two, Rasuwa District Police Office quoted the Nepal Consulate General Office in Lhasa as saying.
According to Rasuwa DPO’s Inspector of Police Dhruba Silwal, further details regarding the case are awaited.
It may be noted that the Chinese side has already started implementing the proposal floated by the Nepali side during the past border-security meetings to increase its surveillance in such illegal affairs bearing in mind increasing smuggling of gold into Nepali territory via China, as Silwal said.Follow @gorkhapost