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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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Demand for legalizing same-sex marriage

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KATHMANDU- Stakeholders concerned have demanded a law related to same-sex marriage in the context when the Nepal’s constitution and laws have accepted the concept of marital equality.

At an interaction program held with media about the issue of gender identity and sexual orientation by an organization named Yubalaya here Sunday, the demand came as a prompt need of the time by the people concerned.

The complaint of homosexuals was that they were deprived of marriage by choice in the absence of the legalization of same-sex marriage which according to them is the deprivation of fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution.

Blue Diamond Society Program Officer Anuj Peter said though the constitution has promised to make special provisions for protection, empowerment or development of gender and sexual minorities, such vows are yet to be executed in practice.

Peter, who identifies himself as a homosexual, shares that he has been legally denied to marry a man of his choice.

Yubalaya Chair Sabin Singh highlighted the need of support from media and civil society to address the issue of gender identity and sexual minorities regarding same-sex marriage law.

The participants of the program put their queries about marital equality, broader sexual education and safe abortion.

As told by the Society, to date, 30 countries across the world have legalized same-sex marriage and endorsed a law towards that end and the Netherlands was the first country to legalize it in the end of 2000.

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