There are two things that predict a preferred partner’s age: (a) your age and (b) your biological sex (male vs. From an evolutionary perspective, it makes sense for women to prefer mates with resources and to like partners who are more established, both of which are more likely in older partners. It turns out that, on average, women tend to be married to men a few years older than themselves (2-5 years).Men, in contrast, are hypothesized to be most attracted to women in their reproductive prime, which tends to be when they are younger. Women’s preferences, on the other hand, hold relatively constant across their lives, not going more than a few years below their own age (extra-credit if you can identify the “cougar zone” in this figure), but women remain keen on men up to 10 years older than themselves. However, younger men (i.e., in their 20’s) tend to be married to someone of a similar age, but as they get older their wives get younger.
Demographic questions are designed to help survey researchers determine what factors may influence a respondent’s answers, interests, and opinions.
Collecting demographic information will enable you to cross-tabulate and compare subgroups to see how responses vary between these groups.
If you’re 18 years old and are so inclined to begin dating online, go for it, girlfriend.
Typically, most Internet matchmaking sites require a minimum age of 18 to join, although most social media sites allow people of all ages to build profiles.
As discussed in yesterday’s post Why Use Demographic Questions in Surveys?
, demographic questions are an important aspect of any survey.
We are social butterflies in our early 20s and there’s rarely a dull moment.
I still say meeting a man through friends is the best way to meet a potential boyfriend because he comes with a recommendation and personal history.
When administering a survey about consumer electronics, a respondent in his 20s will most likely answer the question differently than a respondent his 70s. Capturing a respondent’s ethnicity or race is another common demographic question.
Asking a respondent about Age is often one of the first demographic questions asked in a survey. A person’s ethnicity or culture may influence his/her responses to survey questions.
Much to my surprise, when overlaying a line representing the rule of thumb on Kenrick and Keefe’s results (see red line in the figure below), you can see it closely matches the low end of the range (i.e., youngest preferred) for all but the oldest men.