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Evolved sex differences in the number of partners desired? The long and the short of it.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11934000     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Do men seek more short-term mates than women? Buss and Schmitt (1993) showed a pattern of mean difference in the ideal number of sexual partners men and women desired over various time frames. We replicated these mean sex differences (e.g., ideal number over the next 30 years: Ms = 7.69 and 2.78 for men and women, respectively), but in both data sets the sampling distributions were highly skewed. In Study 1, we found few sex differences in medians across time frames (e.g., ideal number over the next 30 years: Mdn = 1 for both men and women). In Study 2, most college men (98.9%) and women (99.2%) said they wanted to settle down with one mutually exclusive sexual partner at some point in their life, ideally within the next 5 years. Neither medians in number of partners desired overall before settling down (replicating Study 1) nor medians in short-term partners desired before settling down (Mdn = 0) differed significantly by gender. Rather, men and women concurred: Short-term mating is not what humans typically seek.
William C Pedersen; Lynn Carol Miller; Anila D Putcha-Bhagavatula; Yijing Yang
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychological science     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0956-7976     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychol Sci     Publication Date:  2002 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-04-05     Completed Date:  2002-10-29     Revised Date:  2011-05-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9007542     Medline TA:  Psychol Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  157-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, Los Angeles 90089-0281, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Biological Evolution*
Choice Behavior
Data Interpretation, Statistical
Gender Identity*
Sexual Behavior*
Sexual Partners*

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