Asain speed dating
Women, on the other hand, care more about how men think and perform, and they don't mind being outdone on those scores. Women of all the races we studied revealed a strong preference for men of their own race: White women were more likely to choose white men; black women preferred black men; East Asian women preferred East Asian men; Hispanic women preferred Hispanic men.
So, yes, the stereotypes appear to be true: We males are a gender of fragile egos in search of a pretty face and are threatened by brains or success that exceeds our own.
In a survey we did before the speed dating began, participants rated their own intelligence levels, and it turns out that men avoided women whom they perceived to be smarter than themselves.
The same held true for measures of career ambition—a woman could be ambitious, just not more ambitious than the man considering her for a date.
To really understand what people prefer, you need to pair men and women randomly in an experimental dating service and document the decisions they make. Speed dating is matchmaking on, well, speed—each male-female pair (we stuck to heterosexual couples) meets for four minutes to size each other up, at which point a whistle blows, signaling the men to get up and move on to the next woman.
And so for a couple of years at a local bar just off the Columbia campus, I ran a speed-dating experiment with two psychologists, Sheena Iyengar and Itamar Simonson, and fellow economist Emir Kamenica. After each "date," participants decide if they'd like to see their partner again.