Evaluation of romantic formation: The matching hypothesis

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Advantage: Walster dance study
Everyone reacted positively to physically attractive dates and were more likely to arrange subsequent dates with them regardless of intelligence and personality
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Advantage: Matching in the real world
Strong correlations for attractiveness scores in actual couples. There is similairty between each partner's levels of physical attractiveness. The stronger the match, the more committed the couple were
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Disadvantage: Reductionist
People may pair up based on personaility rather than physical attractiveness
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Disadvantage: Gender difference
Physical attractiveness valued more by men than women, where men can compensate with resources if they lack physical attractiveness
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Disadvantage: Hatfield and Sprecher
In the real world, third parties influence matching where parents can match children. However, only based on America
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Disadvantage: Ecological validity
Walster study lacks realism
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Disadvantage: Ethics
Ratings based on attractiveness, individuals may experience psychological discomfort when given ratings
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Disadvantages: Heterosexual bias
Homosexual interactions not considered
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Disadvantages: Biological determinism
Physical attractiveness is something we are mostly born with
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Advantage: Matching in the real world

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Strong correlations for attractiveness scores in actual couples. There is similairty between each partner's levels of physical attractiveness. The stronger the match, the more committed the couple were

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Disadvantage: Reductionist

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Disadvantage: Gender difference

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Disadvantage: Hatfield and Sprecher

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