Hayes (1995) coded over 5,000 personal ads and found that men are looking for attractive, younger women, while women are seeking financially stable older men. These findings can be explained socially (e.g., men are more concerned with physical attractiveness, whereas women want a partner who is a good financial prospect) or in evolutionary terms [e.g., younger women have a reproductive advantage, while older males are more likely to provide shelter and security] (Baron and Branscombe, 2012).
the following article and then examine the personal ads to look for
trends in age preferences, attraction, and other desireable qualities by
gender and sexual orientation. You will have to search for the article
through the library or internet.
Hayes, A.F. (1995). Age preferences for same- and opposite-sex partners. Journal of Social Psychology, 135, 125-133. (Attached in PDF format)
Discuss and remember to cite your sources. Needs to be a minimum of 1 page.
Below is a link to a youtube video that my teacher posted with the notes. I have also attached the powerpoint for this chapter and a PDF of the article mentioned above. She wants at least 1 more source cited in addition to these that she gave us, but would prefer 2 sources.