Single photographers may want to start hiding their profession on dating profiles as creativity is deemed one of the least desirable traits a potential partner looks for.
A new study by researchers at the University of Swansea has set out to find what an ideal long‐term partner typically looks like. This particular test, the largest of its kind on mate preference, asked participants to determine which of eight attributes they valued the most. The characteristics in question were: physical attractiveness, financial prospects, creativity, kindness, humor, religiosity, chastity, and the desire for children. The way participants ranked their preferences for each quality was in the form of a scale from zero to ten. To prevent people from putting ten to every characteristic, each selection made had to be paid for with "mate dollars". This fictitious currency was capped at 48 which meant people had to spend wisely and prioritize what they valued most.
Regardless of the geography of those polled, creativity was among the three least desirable traits along with chastity and religiosity. Kindness was by far the most commonly picked option which in many ways is a reassuring winner. Creativity ranking so low is a little worrying for photographers although I'm sure the most creative of us will work out a way to turn this negative into a positive.
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