Scientists have warned lonely hearts that speed-dating brings out basic instincts in individuals, who are more likely to make a decision based on looks and sex appeal alone.
Researchers at the British University of Edinburgh who studied the phenomenon believe that faced with too much choice individuals resort to crude approaches such as choosing solely on looks. They found that in smaller groups, people trade off different qualities in prospective mates physical attractiveness for intelligence, the New Scientist reported. Lenton and her team studied 118 sessions with groups of between seven and 36 people, and found to their surprise that as the size of the group grew, the offers became skewed towards just a few individuals, while the least popular ended up with fewer or no offers. Does it matter? Not if what you’re looking for is a quick fling, Lenton told the New Scientist.