Online Daters Pick Partners As Educated As They Are, Study Shows

Intellect matters

As online dating has slowly replaced talking to people IRL, one thing has become clear; we are becoming pickier with our partner choices.

As well as monitoring age, race and attractiveness, new research by Queensland University of Technology has found that online daters are also concerned with intellect, Science Alert reports.

The study, which analysed over 41,000 people in Australia over a four-month period, showed that online daters typically select partners with an equal education level to them. According to researcher Stephen Whyte, this is all down to the idea that people tend to look for partners that are similar to themselves, something which internet dating certainly allows for.

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"Cyber dating permits multiple partner choices in real time, which allows for a significantly greater available choice of potential mates," Whyte explained. "This increased pool means greater opportunity for selection of partners with lower, similar or even higher levels of certain characteristics.

"This includes education, which is commonly used in human mating behaviour as a proxy for resources and future provision as it can represent economic advantages."

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Although education level was found to be a key factor in who people chose to date, this changed with age.

"The more educated cohort tends to care less about matching the same level of education as they get older," Whyte added. "Older women in particular have a greater likelihood of contacting potential partners who are less educated than themselves but conversely, younger males fall into this category as well."

So not everyone is fussy, but it doesn't mean the world of online dating is getting any easier.

Daters are "more quick to judge because they know that if you're not spectacular, they can go back to their inbox, and just swipe right again tomorrow," Michelle Jacoby, owner of DC Matchmaking and Coaching, told The Sydney Morning Herald. Turns out online daters are more selective than ever before.