Another study, co-authored by famed behavioral economist Dan Ariely, uncovered similar online-dating preferences.
If you are solely looking for a man who is over 6’2” and makes six figures annually, you have instantly gone from a “thick” market - one with literally millions of people - to a “thin” one, with few remaining options.
First off, we are essentially estimating our own value (which may or may not be accurate), Adshade notes.
At the same time we are estimating others’ value, and whether they are likely to respond - or whether they are “out of our league.” Then we are weighing interested suitors against the “opportunity costs” that there may be other, ‘better’ options still out there.
“This income preference is more pronounced for women.” The takeaway: As much as we like to think we are beyond the days of Jane Austen, when suitors were evaluated largely based on how much money they brought in - the famous Mr.
Darcy in “Pride & Prejudice” was worth “Five thousand a year! “Someone’s income will almost always factor into the equation,” says Douglas Kobak, a financial planner in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
But while that may guarantee that we don’t fail on this date, it does nothing to get us closer to success, as it provides us little useful information on whether we are a long-term romantic match.