A study conducted by an online dating site — released earlier this month — appears to reveal who the "most desirable singles of 2014" are.
Researchers at PlentyOfFish say they processed messaging data from more than 81,000 user profiles and 1.8 million messages from the 25 to 35 age group to "discover the leading indicators that will determine which singles are more likely to receive a message."
"Women are no longer interested in the bad boy who doesn’t want to settle down, and men are increasingly seeking out educated women who are financially independent," a blog post announcing the research said. "But to a large degree, male and female attractions still follow traditional gender roles; Women still place high importance on a man’s income and men still give precedence to a woman’s age and body size."
The study's results:
Women who are 25 years old. Women who are 25 years old receive 14.4% more messages.
Women with a graduate degree. Women who have a post-secondary education receive 6.45% more messages.
Women who are thin. Women who describe themselves as "thin" receive 41% more messages.
Men who are Christian. Men identifying as Christian receive 20% more messages.
Men who have brown hair. Guys with brown hair receive 20% more messages.
Men who actually want a relationship. Men that are looking for a casual fling receive 52% less messages than their counterparts wanting something serious.
Here's the perfect woman, according to the study:
...and the perfect man:
This story has been updated.
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