The Article I read dealt with love and how little or large a part it plays in who we choose to spend the rest of our lives with. Over the last few years I've dated my share of men, and after reading this article I realize that I have my own list of qualities for rating men and it has changed over the years. You might be thinking, "Oh that's awful," but it is my belief that every one does this, or has done this to a certain extent.
In this article, Love and Mate Selection in the 1990's by Elizabeth Rice Allegier and Michael W. Weisderman it explains how people over the last 60 years have used a rating system to select their life partners. It also shows how the importance of certain qualities has changed from 1939 to the present. Most importantly, it asked its subjects "How important is love as a basis for marriage today?"(Simpson 2)
The survey subjects in this article were male and female college students from 1939 to the 1990's.
It was said that in the period between 1939-1967 the most important qualities in a mate were Dependable Character and Emotional stability. When David Buss tested this hypothesis in 1989, he found that physical Attractiveness and Financial Prospects were now of more importance. Lastly, they took a survey about the importance of love in a marriage and was the loss of that love sufficient reason to get divorced. The answer the subjects gave changed greatly over the years. In the mid 1960's college students were first asked if they would marry a person they didn't love if the person ranked high in all of the other qualities." Two thirds of the men said "No," whereas only a quarter of the women said they would...