Short-term mate poaching in heterosexual men: The effect of dissimilarity in couples attractiveness and mate poaching
EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium
Short-term poaching allows men to gain reproductive benefits with a mated woman without the costs of commitment (Schmitt & Buss, 2001). The current research explores whether men target mated women for short-term poaches as a function of their and their partners’ relative physical attractiveness. By manipulating a hypothetical couple’s attractiveness discrepancy we found that men were more willing to strategically short-term poach mated women who were significantly more attractive than their mates compared to mated women who were equally or less attractive than their mates.
Moran, James; Kuhle, Barry X.; Wade, T. Joel; and Seid, Mark. "Short-term mate poaching in heterosexual men: The effect of dissimilarity in couples attractiveness and mate poaching." EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium (2017) : 58-69.