A recent sample of five heterosexual users, and their Internet profiles, have shown that ethnicity and gender influence body type preferences within the scope of Internet dating. Along with the poles taken, cultural differences among American, Afro-Americans, Latinos, and Asians vary significantly.
White males prefer to date thin, or toned women versus Latino or African American men, who prefer thick or larger bodied women. Some believe that in culturally prescribed standards, a women is more attractive if she has some weight or thickness to her physique, as opposed to skinny or too muscle toned. American males, mostly white males, surveyed, were found to have standards of thin women, or curved women, with little to no body fat to be more desirable.
Mainstream media, magazine covers, commercials, advertisements, lend more influence on the white males viewpoint of the type of women they would want to date. These men were found to place greater value on physical attractiveness of their ideal mate, as opposed to educational background, or values of ethics. 78% of the popular women magazine covers contain messages relating to body appearance , beauty, and standards of beauty. Standards of attractiveness, and body ideals are held to higher standards with men, and are much more demanding then in women.( Kurzban and Weeden 2007)
During a recent speed dating series, men showed significant more liking to those women that were thinner, over the heavy bodied women. The questions asked during each eight min. Date was more applied towards what she wants, and what she looks for in a mate, With the larger women, the questions applied more towards what she did for a job, the weather, and non body or sexual topics. Men also complimented the thinner woman on her appearance, as opposed to larger women. Commenting more on eyes, hair, and smile with the thinner women group was seen. Those women with larger frames, or larger body image, were left with conversing over the weather, or her favorite foods, etc. Most men did not comment on her looks, even if the woman had beautiful features. Often the thinner or more attractive women groups, talked longer than the buzzer allowed.
Men also have more body type categories then women do. Men have thin, voluptuous , pleasantly plump, a little heavy, weight lifter type, fat, cow, and many categories. Women have less ways to categorize the men. More toned, athletic, some extra pounds, or very overweight.
In another survey done with overweight college students (Crandall and Martinez 1996), Overweight males dated more than overweight females. Overweight females dated less, than their non overweight counterpart. Overweight women currently perceive their dates to be less satisfied, and not warranting a possible second date from that male, Often not a second phone call as well.
Recent profiles of males in the age groups of 18-50, dating, on the Internet, seem to place greater value then women on the physical attractiveness of their ideal mate, have more body type categories, prefer to date thin women as opposed to thicker or larger women, and place more demands on a woman to have better appearance and body images in today’s dating society. Men in the study were between the ages of 18-50, were of White, Latino, African-American, and Asian descent.