Does wealth increase the likelihood of a female accepting a males' date request?
From: Swiss Journal of Psychology
- Guéguen, N., Lamy, L., 2012. Men’s Social Status and Attractiveness. Swiss Journal of Psychology 71, 157–160.
- Six undercover males, and 540 female participants
- Undercover males waited for female participants in one of three vehicles of varying value: a new Audi A5 Ambition Luxury for the high-value car; a 1-year-old Renault Mégane for the middle-value car; and a 15-year-old Renault 5 Super Campus for the low-value car.
- When a potential participant was 2 to 3 meters away from the car, the undercover male opened the car door, looked the participant in the eyes and smiled. Then he approached her and said: 'Hello, my name’s Antoine. I just want to say that I think you’re really pretty. I have to go to work now, but I was wondering if you would give me your phone number. I’ll call you later and we can have a drink together somewhere.'”
- Each undercover male took a turn in the low, medium and high-status car condition
- In the high-status car condition, the undercover males obtained a young woman's phone number 23.3% of the time.
- The middle-status car condition and the low-status car condition saw 12.8% and 7.8% rates of compliance with the phone number request, respectively.
- The authors suggest that in real-life situations, women are inclined to give high-status men more of a chance.
- Yes (without confidence)
- The authors were sure to point to limitations in their study. Ultimately, it was unclear whether it was looks or money that got the girl.