A large-scaled study on mating behavior was run in Australia, and the outcome is amazing. Women under 40 seeking a partner online are more particular than men, especially when it comes to education, according to the study of more than 41,000 Australians.
- Across all age groups (18-80) women are more likely than men to state a preference
- Women in peak fertility are pickier about the education level of men they prefer, seeking the same level or higher in a potential mate
- Over 40, men become pickier than women about the education level of their partner
The study stems from the largest ever behavioral economic analysis of Australian online dating behavior. As the researchers state, "We found that women are more specific than men in their preference up until the age of 40, then males become pickier than females from 40 years old onwards."
The research showed the education level of a potential mate mattered more for women in the years of peak fertility (18-30 years), but becomes less and less important as we age. However, for all age groups, women had a clearly higher minimum standard for the education level they wanted in their mate. Women have been shown to use education as an indicator of quality because it is often associated with social status and intelligence.
Men become pickier than women about the education level of their partner when they are 40 and older. The researchers didn't tell why. However, it sounds right because as we all know, George Clooney is married to a lawyer while Brad Pitt is in love with a professor, the preference did change when they become older.