Gay vs straight dating
The experiments, published in the journal , demonstrated that straight women and gay men perceived one another to be trustworthy sources of relationship and dating advice.
In other words, when it came to dating-related matters, there was an almost instantaneous level of implicit trust.
(After all, straight women and gay men don’t mate with one another.) However, this is precisely the reasoning behind my approach.
Because gay men don’t mate with women – or compete with them for mates – women feel a certain level of comfort with gay men, and the process of forming a close friendship can occur relatively quickly.
We predicted that this would most often occur in highly competitive dating environments, where a trustworthy source like a gay friend would be valued by women jockeying with one another for a boyfriend.
To test this, we created a fake news article that detailed extremely skewed sex ratios, indicating that women in college were competing over a very small pool of men.
To avoid personalized advertising based on your mobile app activity, you can install the DAA’s App Choices app here.The female participants were then asked how likely they would be to trust the individual’s dating advice.I also recruited gay male participants, and had them complete the same task (with the gay men viewing Facebook profiles depicting a straight female, gay male or lesbian female).To further examine why this might be the case, we had women imagine receiving information from either a straight woman, straight man, or a gay man about their physical appearance and the dateability of potential boyfriends.We then asked the women how sincere they felt the responses were.