Women science and dating
We also explore the ways in which people tailor their messaging strategies and message content based on the desirability of potential partners, and how desirability and dating strategy vary across demographic groups.
To study individual desirability, we focus on messages between users of the website in four cities: New York, Boston, Chicago, and Seattle.
We present an empirical analysis of heterosexual dating markets in four large U. cities using data from a popular, free online dating service.
We show that competition for mates creates a pronounced hierarchy of desirability that correlates strongly with user demographics and is remarkably consistent across cities.
Historically, however, these hierarchies have been difficult to quantify.
Since they reflect which partners people pursue, and not just who people end up with, one would need a way to observe unrequited overtures and requited ones to determine who people find desirable.
If you are contacted by people who are themselves desirable, then you are presumptively more desirable yourself.
In reality, a person might choose to message another based on an attractive profile picture, an interesting description, a good demographic match, an impressive income, or any of many other qualities.
Page Rank scores simply give us, a posteriori, a glimpse of who is desirable on aggregate, by identifying those people who receive the largest number of messages from desirable others.
Paradoxically, this can also produce couples who resemble one another in terms of desirability, as the most desirable partners pair off with one another, followed by the next most desirable, and so on.
To the extent that desirability correlates with individual attributes, the matching and competition hypotheses can, as a result, produce similar equilibrium patterns of mixing ().
Thus, people compete on some attributes and match on others.