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Men, Porsches and Peacocks

Women! If you want to get married, stay away from the guys who drive the flashy cars!

I found this hilarious study on AOL Health News:

Are Men Who Flaunt Flashy Cars Not the ‘Marrying Kind?’

Conspicuous spending often driven by desire to have flings, researchers say.

By Mary Elizabeth Dallas, HealthDay News

SATURDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) — Men who drive Porsches or flaunt other flashy possessions are usually not the “marrying kind,” a new study suggests.

Researchers from Rice University, the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA), and the University of Minnesota found that conspicuous spending by men is often driven by the desire to have uncommitted romantic flings. They also pointed out that although flashy spending may get a woman’s attention, she won’t be picking out china patterns any time soon.

“This research suggests that conspicuous products, such as Porsches, can serve the same function for some men that large and brilliant feathers serve for peacocks,” study author Jill Sundie, an assistant professor of marketing at UTSA, said in a news release from Rice University.

Just as peacocks flaunt their brightly colored tails to attract potential mates, certain men show off flashy products, like brightly colored sports cars, to draw the attention of women, the study found. The researchers also indicated that the men who pursued this strategy were only interested in short-term sexual relationships with women.

June 21, 2011 Posted by | Experiment, Mating Behavior, Relationships, Statistics | 8 Comments