But in the non-standard “women rotating” events where men and women reversed roles, the researcher found the exact opposite pattern: men were picky, whereas women were less selective.
To test this, they had more than 300 undergraduates participate in speed-dating events.
In half of those events, participants engaged in the standard speed-dating procedure of men circulating while women stayed in one place.
If the male and female indicate mutual interest, the organiser gives them each other’s contact information.
If done efficiently, a speed dater could meet over a dozen potential dating partners in less than an hour.
In most cultures, expectations about male and female dating behaviour (such as “guys approach girls”) are so entrenched that there are special days or dances where the script is flipped.
On Sadie Hawkins Day (traditionally observed in early November) or at a Sadie Hawkins Dance, women have the opportunity to invert social convention by asking men out on a date or to a dance.The typical speed-dating event features women sitting at various locations around a room, often a coffee shop or bar, while men circulate and chat with each female for a few minutes.A signal will then indicate that time is up and the men should move along to the next woman.The process repeats until everyone at the event has “dated” each other.Later, the male and female participants let the event organiser know which partners they would like to see again.When women were forced to go from man to man during the speed-dating event, they debunked the gender stereotype by showing an interest in more of the potential partners.