The present research identified powerful consequences of a particularly subtle gender bias: the near-universal tendency to have men rotate and women sit at heterosexual speed-dating events.
"At first blush, this rotational scheme feels like an arbitrary, trivial solution to the logistical problem of ensuring that all of the women speed-date all of the men and vice versa.
Photo by Cristina Fletes-Boutte, [email protected] Jah Spellman (with glasses), 13, an 8th grader at Marian Middle School in South County, raises her hand to answer a question on business etiquette on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.
The researchers draw mixed conclusions: "What implications do the present findings have for the extensive literature demonstrating that women are more selective than men when choosing mates?The present results, however, present a cautionary note: Even subtle gender norms can have important consequences for romantic dynamics.Indeed, when researchers adopt a procedure without controlling for it, they risk missing a component of what they study.They corralled 350 college students into 15 speed dating events for their study.Participants went on 4 minute “speed dates” with approximately 12 opposite-sex individuals during each event.Photo by Cristina Fletes-Boutte, [email protected] Using the concept of speed-dating, the group of about 20 students are participating in a speed-linking program, exposing the girls to career options and potential mentors in the field.Photo by Cristina Fletes-Boutte, [email protected] Tucker, senior vice president of Enterprise Business & Community Engagement at Bank of America, speaks to students at Marian Middle School in South County on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.Louis, an 8th grader at Marian Middle School in South County, listens to Yemi Adeyanju, a system deputy general counsel at SSM Health, and Kendra Howard, an administrative judge for the U. Equal Employment Opportunity Commision, speak about their jobs on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.Photo by Cristina Fletes-Boutte, [email protected]� Webster, 13, an 8th grader at Marian Middle School in South County, raises her hand to ask a question to Kendra Howard, an administrative judge for the U. Equal Employment Opportunity Commision, about her job on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.Given that men are generally expected, if not required (as at professional speed-dating events), to approach in romantic contexts, perhaps this factor alone could be sufficient to explain why women tend to be more selective than men.The present results are at least partially consistent with this possibility." At the end of the day, more research is now needed to determine how much more selective women may be than men in dating situations.