Women As the Object of Desire

September 29, 2016
Women As the Object of Desire

After my recent post about strategic ways that women can signal their attraction to men, we discussed how tricky it can be to walk the fine line between signaling interest and initiating. Women coming of age today have been raised to pursue achievement in service of their goals. So it seems backward to relegate ourselves to […]

Continue Reading »

Kissing Behavior Reveals Relationship Intentions

September 27, 2016
Kissing Behavior Reveals Relationship Intentions

Until fairly recently, scientists have assumed that a key purpose of kissing is to prepare a couple for intercourse by promoting sexual arousal. But recent research shows that while arousal may result from kissing, the purpose of kissing is more about assessing the other person’s suitability as a mate initially. Later it’s about maintaining pair […]

Continue Reading »

What Makes a Man Creepy?

September 22, 2016
What Makes a Man Creepy?

Evolutionary psychology researchers Francis McAndrew and Sara Koehnke had heard a lot about “creepiness,” but rather than describing what characteristics creeps display, most people describe how someone makes them feel, i.e. “He creeps me out.” They were surprised to learn that the concept of creepiness in social interactions had never been empirically studied, and they set […]

Continue Reading »

10 Effective Strategies to Signal Attraction

September 15, 2016
10 Effective Strategies to Signal Attraction

In this era of egalitarian relationships, it’s surprising how closely we still follow traditional gender roles in dating. Men are still generally expected to pick up the check (and still prefer to do so). We also expect men to be the first to express interest by asking a woman out on a date. However, men […]

Continue Reading »

Assortative Mating and Good Looks

September 13, 2016
Assortative Mating and Good Looks

I’ve written frequently about assortative mating, and its increasing influence in the dating and marriage market. Assortative mating is defined as the tendency for like to choose like in mating. We prefer mates with similar income, education, religious background, and political beliefs. There’s also a strong observed tendency for people to pair off with someone about […]

Continue Reading »

Subscribe to the Hooking Up Smart newsletter for exclusive content!

Each week you'll receive an exclusive dating tip, links to best of the web articles and a synopsis of HUS content.

Your Information will never be shared with any third party
Top