A sociology professor at the University of Miami has recently published a study in Social Science Research where he explores the different traits that make someone a marrying type. The Atlantic has an article on the study, providing a broad overview of it. If I get some free time later I will dig into the study, but the overview provided in that Atlantic piece validates certain ideas that I (and others) have advanced. The highlights:
Michael T. French, a sociology professor at the University of Miami, and his team looked at longitudinal data of more than 9,000 adolescents as they became young adults—starting in 1994 when participants were in high school and middle school and ending in 2009 when they were aged 24 to 34. Interviewers were asked to rate the participants’ looks, personality, and grooming on a scale of one to five, five being the most attractive. So this study doesn’t get into the nuances of personality, and how one person’s “sarcastic and abrasive” might be another’s “charming and adorable,” but instead just looks at whether someone’s personality is generally “attractive.”
Of those three traits, the only statistically significant interaction was that men with an above average attractive personality were more likely to get married. Taking each of the factors individually, no other significant trends emerged. But those three factors in aggregate (what the researchers called “the personal traits index”) were linked to likelihood of marriage. Someone who scored more highly on the index overall was more likely to walk down the aisle.
The fact that men with an “above average attractive personality” tended to marry more often would seem to indicate that my LAMPS/PSALM model has some merit to it. Since Power/Personality stands out among other factors (like physical attractiveness), that supports my contention that the P component of male attraction vectors is the most potent of them. Also, since Power/Personality is a huge component of male MMV, and not just SMV, it would/should translate into a greater ability to marry (for men). And that is exactly what seems to be the case here.
There are a few other points worth noting about the study:
- Its focus on attractiveness fits in well with the overall state of marriage, in that it is largely hedonic in this day and age. Although as I study more on the subject, it looks like that isn’t an entirely new thing. Rather, it is just more prominent now.
- There doesn’t seem to be as strong of a correlation between an attractive female personality and marriage. Part of me wonders what they meant by “attractive personality” for women. Since personality is a factor in female MMV, does it simply mean agreeable, or something more?
- I was a bit surprised that grooming was thrown in here, although in retrospect it makes sense. Since it seems to have an effect, in aggregate, it is something that marriage minded men and women shouldn’t ignore.
That does it for now.