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The George Clooney Effect – High-Earning Women ‘want Older, More Attractive Partners'
Science Daily ^ | December 10, 2010 | Science Daily

Posted on 12/12/2010 5:55:39 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

ScienceDaily (Dec. 10, 2010) — Psychologists have found that George Clooney may be even luckier than previously thought…Research at the University of Abertay Dundee discovered that as women become more financially independent, they want an older, more attractive male partner.

Studies have previously found that women place greater emphasis on whether a man can provide for them, while men place more importance on good looks. The new study revealed that as women earn more and become more independent, their tastes actually change.

The finding suggests that greater financial independence gives women greater confidence in choosing their partner. Instinctive preferences for material stability and security become less important, physical attractiveness becomes more important, and the age of partner women pick also increases.

Lead researcher Dr Fhionna Moore, a psychology lecturer at the University of Abertay Dundee, said: "Previous research shows that men place greater importance on physical attractiveness when picking a partner, whereas women focus much more on whether someone can provide material resources.

"We'd assumed that as women earn more, their partner preferences would actually become more like those of men, with a tendency towards preferring younger, more attractive partners rather than those who can provide and care for children.

"However, the preferred age difference did not change as we'd expected -- more financially independent women actually preferred even older men. We think this suggests greater financial independence gives women more confidence in partner choices, and attracts them to powerful, attractive older men."

The study was conducted online with 3770 heterosexual participants, who were asked questions about their background and personal situation, and their level of financial independence. 1851 women and 1919 men took part in the research.

(Excerpt) Read more at sciencedaily.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: attraction; men; preferences; women

1 posted on 12/12/2010 5:55:46 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
while men place more importance on good looks

Good looks, sure. But does she share my conservative cultural values? Is she easy to get along with? Do we have "chemistry"?

And most importantly, can she cook?

2 posted on 12/12/2010 6:02:58 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Considering what I went thru with my last girlfriend, I believe this.


3 posted on 12/12/2010 6:06:24 PM PST by Free Vulcan (The battle isn't over. Hold their feet to the fire.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’m sure she wants me to mke her feel like a woman.

Here, wash my clothes...


4 posted on 12/12/2010 6:06:56 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% white, 50% black, 100% red)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I have an older, more attractive partner. We’ve been married almost 22 years.


5 posted on 12/12/2010 6:06:56 PM PST by Tax-chick (He will be Peace.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Older... more attractive...?

Here I am, gals.

Well, older anyway...


6 posted on 12/12/2010 6:15:24 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The joke is Clooney plays for the other team. Gaydar.


7 posted on 12/12/2010 6:19:09 PM PST by Frantzie
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Instinctive preferences for material stability and security become less important, physical attractiveness becomes more important

A major flaw (omission) in the article. Just because a woman's financially independent does not automatically make her more desirable to men. Men, at least those who aren't dead beat parasites, will still use the same criteria in choosing women. So the woman can be as picky as she wants, but she isn't going anywhere unless the man she is interested in, the supposedly older attractive type, is attracted to her. And in most cases he won't. These older men are still chasing the younger attractive women.

8 posted on 12/12/2010 6:25:45 PM PST by libh8er
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To: libh8er

These older men are still chasing the younger attractive women — financially independent or not.


9 posted on 12/12/2010 6:27:56 PM PST by libh8er
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Liberace, Rock Hudson, and Cesar Romero thought so.


10 posted on 12/12/2010 6:28:25 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The headline says: "High-Earning Women ‘want Older, More Attractive Partners."

The article says: "We think this suggests greater financial independence gives women more confidence in partner choices, and attracts them to powerful, attractive older men."

Difference? The word "powerful."

It's bad enough to have to admit the obvious, that women chase money. So you have to victimize them for doing it - why, they just lacked "confidence," that's all.

But what do they want when they have the "confidence" of lots of money?

Power.

Their own? No no no... through a man.

Oops, can't have THAT out, either.

So, lemme see... I know - take it out of the headline.

Hypocrisy ain't just a river in Egypt.

11 posted on 12/12/2010 6:31:02 PM PST by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on its own.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I thought they wanted young, hot studs? Boy, you just can’t trust reality television anymore.


12 posted on 12/12/2010 6:31:24 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: libh8er

One of my sons’ favorite pasttimes is to buy gifts and so forth for their girlfriends. They love it.

Nothing wrong with it.


13 posted on 12/12/2010 6:33:11 PM PST by Persevero (5 days until the lame duck Congress goes home.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I wonder jow much govt money this study got.


14 posted on 12/12/2010 6:35:37 PM PST by Perdogg (What Would Aqua Buddha do?)
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To: Tax-chick

Good for you Tax Chick! You just keep on keepin’ on! I’ll be cheering for you!


15 posted on 12/12/2010 7:15:31 PM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: libh8er
I like the old saying "you'll see a rich old man with a young, beautiful woman, but you'll never see a poor old man with a young beautiful woman."

Interestingly, the converse doesn't seem to be true, unless you're Carol Channing (or any rich old bag), and your "boyfriend" is gay.

16 posted on 12/12/2010 7:15:36 PM PST by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
High-Earning Women ‘want Older, More Attractive Partners'

I'm old, but I'm also butt ugly. It's a good thing Mrs Bear is cool with that!

17 posted on 12/12/2010 7:17:15 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: boop
the converse doesn't seem to be true,

Rich old woman with 'young beautiful man'.


18 posted on 12/12/2010 7:21:43 PM PST by libh8er
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To: libh8er

Increasingly some young men want financially independent partners. The ones I’ve known who are in law school or medical school were very clear they wanted women who could support themselves. That is a small subgroup, I know.


19 posted on 12/12/2010 7:24:58 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: libh8er
If I had known they were going to take a picture of me and the girlfriend, I would have worn my tighter swim trunks.
20 posted on 12/12/2010 7:28:56 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (If Sarah Palin was President, you would have a job by now...)
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To: libh8er

But the younger women want younger men. As the older men get older, they strike out more and more. Poor things.


21 posted on 12/12/2010 7:32:16 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Charlie Rangel doesn't deal in average Americans. That's OK: I don't deal in crooked pols.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

I’m sure the Venereal Housewives of [insert locale here] prefer hot, young studs.


22 posted on 12/12/2010 7:34:15 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Charlie Rangel doesn't deal in average Americans. That's OK: I don't deal in crooked pols.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

And women lose “the bloom of youth.”

Time marches on.

We hit different stages, and it’s wise to adjust.


23 posted on 12/12/2010 7:35:16 PM PST by bannie (Gone to seed.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

True that!


24 posted on 12/12/2010 7:39:03 PM PST by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“As the older men get older, they strike out more and more. Poor things.”

Keep feeling bad, thats why we have to get hot Russian babes.


25 posted on 12/12/2010 7:56:31 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Tax-chick
22 years? Congrats to both of you, and *all* the little tax-chickadees...

Cheers!

26 posted on 12/12/2010 9:13:33 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers; Sunshine Sister

Thank you very much!

All these “studies,” and articles like the one from “Psychology Today” about beauty, have to exclude from their study subjects or analysis people who got married in their early 20s and stay married until they die. In spite of modern trends, that’s still a lot of people. One would expect this group to have different values and expectations, often, from those who are “looking” for a “partner” in their middle age.


27 posted on 12/13/2010 5:46:06 AM PST by Tax-chick (He will be Peace.)
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