"We didn’t ask them to make decisions about whether or not they would approach someone with the intention of asking them out...I wouldn’t want to speculate about how people make choices about pursuing relationships."Humans are social creatures and the opinion of others is hardwired to matter to them.You know those girls without morals and good sense who date married men?I knew that I would never ever do that because those girls have zero self respect.If you happen to make it through living in West Africa without ever being courted by a married man then I envy you. Before I made the move from NY, I was sure and certain that I would never ever be one of those girls. Since moving back to West Africa in 2007, more married than single men have attempted to court me.Then months go by and you're still fabulous sure but you're fabulously single. I mean we rarely saw or met our peers in the spots where we would hang out. The two full fledged relationships with my married boos had no restrictions. I said to myself if these relationships end of natural causes because these people don't want to be together okay but I will not be the cause nor the source.
Research on this topic proposes that females tend to change the likelihood of choosing a potential mate based on the decision of other females and what other females agree to be desirable.
In fact, one study found that 90 percent of single women were interested in a man when they were told he was in a serious relationship, but only 59 percent of women expressed interest in the same man when they were told he was single.
Cross explained that while there may not be an advantage to specifically preferring a man other women are attracted to, there is an advantage to using social information and the behavior and preferences of others to guide our own decisions.
"Information about the preferences of others might help us to choose safe places to live, good foods to eat, good career paths to pursue, or trustworthy people to associate with," said Cross.
The reason behind mate copying does not seem to be ill-placed.