Men and women who were either single or in a relationship completed a computer survey much like those seen in on-line dating websites, including questions about their likes, dislikes and romantic turn-ons.
Next, they were told the computer would match them up with a student in the database who responded similarly.
According to a recent survey, 1 in 5 relationships begin with one or both partners involved with someone else.
But why would such beautiful, successful women pursue a man who is already taken?
A recently published study with my graduate student offers some initial insights into this behavior.
Clearly not everyone will act on these intentions, but increased interest in a taken man is likely the first step in the mate poaching process.
So why are single women more attracted to unavailable men?
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