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Resource-rich environments may cause people to favor short-term relationships

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Wealth may drive preference for short-term relationships, according to a new research. Representational image

Wealth may drive preference for short-term relationships, according to a new research conducted by Swansea University.

The research team captured the relationship preferences of 151 heterosexual male and female volunteers (75 men and 76 women) by asking them to look at pictures of 50 potential partners in a study titled ‘Mating strategy flexibility in the laboratory: Preferences for long- and short-term mating change in response to evolutionarily relevant variables’ to indicate whether they would prefer a long or short-term relationship with each.

Then, the researchers showed the participants a series of images of luxury items related to wealth, including fast cars, jewellery, mansions, and money.

After doing so, the participants were asked to revisit the images and mark them again on the basis of term for a potential relationship.

Dr Andrew G Thomas who led the research explained, “Not all people prefer long-term committed relationships. Evolutionary psychologists believe that whether someone prefers a short-term relationship over a long-term one depends partly on their circumstances, such as how difficult it might be to raise children as a single parent”.

Researchers found that after viewing the wealthy images, both female and male participants marked more partners for short-term relationship as compared to the previous result — a stark 16 percent raise.

Thomas noted, “Importantly, when those circumstances change, we expect people to change their preferences accordingly. What we have done with our research is demonstrate this change in behaviour, for the first time, within an experimental setting.”

“After participants were given cues that the environment had lots of resources, they became more likely to select individuals for a short-term relationship”.

The researchers also found that the preferences were also changed when being faced with images of dangerous animals and infant-interaction scenarios.

The study is published in the latest issue of Evolution and Human Behaviour.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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