A few other findings from the study: It is important to note, particularly for everyone who’s not an 18-year-old woman or a middle-aged white man, that the study results were based on averages, and there is a wide range in what people are looking for in a date.[No one tells you life as a 40-year-old single woman could be this good] Desirable people got more and longer messages overall.Most people do not appreciate their dates looking at their phones.
“Even though the probability of getting a response drops with a desirability gap, the response rate is still quite a bit above zero,” Bruch said — a cautiously optimistic argument for reaching out to those out-of-reach hotties.
One outlier in the data, described as a "30-year-old woman living in New York,” the scientists nicknamed their “movie star.” She received 1,500 messages, “equivalent to one message every 30 minutes, day and night, for the entire month” of the observing period, the study stated.
In this study, white men and Asian women ranked highest for desirability, measured by the messaging metrics, and men and women contacted potential partners who were on average 25 percent more desirable than they were.
“What would it mean scientifically for someone to be ‘out of your league? This question, along with many others about mate choice, are now answerable, she said.
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The number of words in a message, however, did not correlate to response, even when controlled for the desirability gap.
In other words, a one-word message (let's say, “hiiiii”) was just as likely to get a response as a long, agonized line of Pablo Neruda poetry (I want / To do with you what spring does with a cherry tree").
Desirability was defined by the number of messages someone received as well as the desirability of the people sending those messages.