The authors argue that this evidence, and the evidence that showed that high income women expressed an interest in politics at a greater frequency than low income women, shows that women care more about finding a man who has a high income than men care about finding a woman who has a high income.
The more financially secure a woman is, the more likely she is to post political content in her dating profile.
It’s often said that you should never discuss sex or politics (and don’t even get us started on religion), but My Political – the new kid on the dating site block – blows that convention out of the water.
Because, as the name suggests, My Political matches users based on their politics.
A new paper, forthcoming in the The authors of the paper give a few possible explanations for why this is the case (for example, singles may be afraid that they will screen out potential partners who will view their beliefs as a negative), but they ignore the fact that political “interest” appears on a list of 27 other interests that include “dining out”, “camping”, “cooking”, “wine tasting” and so on.
If I were reading this list and making my choices, I would interpret that purpose of the exercise is to indicate activities that I would like to do with my potential mate.
For me, I think I would rather wait until I got to know someone before talking about political beliefs and I certainly don’t need to be married to someone who votes the same way as me.One potential reason this might be the case is because women who are more financially successful have less need for resources from potential mates.In reality, the only way we can determine people’s preferences in dating is not to observe their stated preferences but to observe the choices that they make on that market.Personally, I do need to find someone who shares my political beliefs but I would not rank an interest in politics over activities like traveling, cooking together or coffee and conversations.Very few people would, obviously, since political interests rank 23Even among the subset of people that were willing to explicitly state their political preference on their dating profile, the vast majority (57%) stated that their political belief is “middle of the road”.But Pearson-Merkowitz never makes the leap to proving that online dating is an impediment to these cross-clan pairings.The biggest problem is that the study she sites, "The Dating Preferences of Liberals and Conservatives," from the latest issue of the journal , doesn't compare couples that met online to couples that met in more traditional ways."The next time you see a bumper sticker that says, 'He’s not my President,' you may want to ask the person if they met their spouse online," Pearson-Merkowitz warns.I wouldn't reject someone out of hand for being a Republican, but I have no interest in making polite conversation over flat beers with a guy who doesn't believe gay marriage should be legal, or who thinks abortion is tantamount to murder.In fact, I would be very concerned about a person who felt the need to vote the same way in every single election or even worse, the same way their parents voted in every election.If your partner’s political views are as important to you as what’s in their pants, then My Political is the dating site for you.