Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Mate Value & Good Gene Hypothesis

 The definition of mate value is when one person's traits and characteristics are perceived as desirable to someone else. Mate value is the base of mate selection and formation of romantic relationships. A couple traits that would increase your mate value would be how ambitious you are, if you have a good sense of humor, if you are faithful and loyal, have a desire for children, are responsible, kind and understanding, and if you are emotionally stable. Your total score of traits would be your mate value to another person. Also, people with higher attractive appearances are better at attracting mates. Because of this, I think this ties perfectly to the good gene hypothesis which believes that beauty signals that the person has good genes for intelligence, good immune system, healthy babies and good parenting styles. The good gene hypothesis was first thought and created by British biologist W.D Hamilton and American ecologist Marlene Zuk in the early 1980s. I also learned that women select mates to increases chances of survival of their offspring and men select mates to increase chance pf producing many offspring. For long term characteristics women prefer mates who have good financial prospects which for a lot of people is still preferable to this day. Men would prefer mates who have good psychical attractive looks which is also still the case today. 

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