I am dating 2 guys
Look at this example from Dan Ariely’s book Predictably Irrational: option, and ZERO chose the second option.
The marketing folks at The Economist who work on the pricing for subscriptions know exactly what they’re doing – getting you to focus on a relative comparison will drive you to the subscription they want you to buy, the 3 option, internet and print at 5.
So unless more guys start to fill in the income information, the inconsistency and lack of income data screws up any relative comparisons we’re trying to make.
Guys don’t have this disadvantage because nearly all girls put pictures up! Dating sites should require that guys say how much money they make so girls a can make relative comparisons just like guys do with our pictures.
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If I had to choose between two guys: one who makes 0,000 per year and was just “ok” looking, and the other who makes around ,000 per year but was “hot”, I’d choose the guy with the cash. They recorded activity from 23,000 online daters during a three and a half month period and found that: “For men there is no amount of income that the woman in the bottom ten percent in terms of appearance can earn to make men prefer her over women in the top 10 percent.
Eliminating the 2nd option makes it hard for buyers to make a relative comparison with the 1st and the 3rd options because they’re not that comparable.
It’s harder to make a decision unless we see it in context relative to another comparable option.
Her site, MSCheat Sheet.com, is dedicated to non-finance people because finance people are annoying. But you can still make an educated guess if the guy is working as a lawyer, doctor or startup anything in San Francisco… I was on a first date from an online dating site awhile back where *gasp* I let the girl pay for her own iced coffee, in part because I was annoyed that she was both late and had posted much older pictures.
Guys have the benefit of just taking a quick look at a picture of a girl and deciding instantly if he’s interested in her by comparing her picture to the other pictures he’s seen that day.
Here’s the problem: we now know based on that study that if a guy makes over 0,000, a girl is most likely going to be more interested in him than a guy who makes a lot less, but is hotter.
Reply Interesting thought but there’s more to it, I suspect. In everything, you have to take a chance, because we all have imperfect information to start off with.
Like in the Economist print example, a guy posting his income without a picture isn’t going to cut it. The key is trying to keep it short and learn as much as you can as quickly as you can.