Wouldn't it be interesting if sociosexual orientation were the determining factor?Unrestricted women men are more likely to be looking for enduring, exclusive love.
Future research will have to replicate or refute these findings and further investigate important factors, including gender identity, shifting sexual norms, and in-person dating motivations.
Other questions spring to mind: What if men have a higher rate of unrestricted sociosexual orientation underlying greater motivations for casual sex?
What if evolution needs some men to be more involved with tending to vulnerable, pregnant mates and their offspring, in order to keep the species going strong?
We have to watch out when making assumptions about sex differences, because we may invent reasons to justify our socially determined beliefs.
To what extent is this really genetic and evolutionary, and to what extent is this from unidentified social, environmental, and cultural factors?
Alongside biology, socially learned and intergenerationally transmitted factors (including possible epigenetic effects on mating and child-rearing passed on from our parents and grandparents' generations for how our genes are translated) are important in understanding modern relationships.
They had all used online dating sites and apps to meet people, about one-third were in a serious dating relationship or married, and over 55 percent were single at the time of the study.
They responded to survey items about online dating experience, sociosexual orientation, online dating motivations, and relationship status.
Researchers wondered if sociosexuality determines motivations for online dating, and if so, how much of a role these sexual attitudes and behaviors play above and beyond biological sex.
The current study In the current study, Hallam and colleagues surveyed a group of 254 people — 57.9 percent women, heterosexual, average age of 30 years.
As conventional, binary notions of sex and gender morph, becoming fluid and multidimensional, looking only at biological sex to understand why we seek the relationships we seek is ever more misleading and inaccurate. Sociosexual Orientation as a Dominant Predictor in Online Dating Strategies.