The Economics of Relationships
Women care more about intelligence and ambition in a man. A man likes to see these in a woman only if he perceives hers as less than or equal to his own.
Men care more about looks.
Women usually prefer to date within their own race; men, when it comes to dating at least, don’t have a racist bone in their body (insert pun here).
A topic eminently worthy of thought.
People at Columbia did an experiment and came up with these results that are, I think, fairly predictable yet nonetheless interesting for having been determined scientifically.
Their acknowledged flaw was looking only at extremely short-term relationships (speed dating). One significant unacknowledged flaw is that their sample group may be very nonrepresentative; there are a lot of ways that Columbia grad students differ from the average person, and dating preferences might just be one of them.