Study: Hype Is Totally Messing With Our Relationships…Or, That ’80s Movie Plot Was Actually Highly Realistic


Guess what? According to a new Indiana University study, we are not only influenced as to who we like by our friends and family, but also by total randoms. Especially attractive randoms. Because the hotter you are, the better choices you inevitably make. Right?

“We might think that searching for mates is a process best done individually,” said Skyler Place, lead author of the study. “But humans, like many other animals, also pay attention to the preferences of others, to make for a more efficient search process. Who others like might also be a good choice for ourselves.”

The 40 men and 40 women in the study each watched video of eight speed-dating interactions, which the researchers consider a “realistic microcosm of mate choice behavior.” The men were interested in the women either way after watching the video, but were significantly more interested in the women if their male peer in the video showed interest in her — and was attractive himself. The female study participants’ interest also increased if their peers in the video appeared interested; but unlike their male counterparts, their interest in the men decreased if the women in the video appeared uninterested.

This seems to prove something we’ve believed in for a while now: We’re all a bunch of animals. And, if you’re looking for love and having a hard time attracting the attention of the opposite sex, all you have to do is hire someone to pretend to date you!

Remember Patrick Dempsey’s sudden rise to stratospheric popularity attained through paying just one cheerleader to like him in the ’80s classic Can’t Buy Me Love? Science supports that movie. And so do we.