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1 Do Nice Guys Finish Last? Elise Furukawa, Marissa Diehl, and Jordan Heuser

2 How to Spot a Nice Guy Herold, E. S., & Milhausen, R. R. (1999). Dating preferences of university women: An analysis of the nice guy stereotype. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 25, doi: /

3 Our Study Dating Preferences of University Women: An Analysis of the Nice Guy Stereotype By Herold and Milhausen (1999) Investigated womens perceptions of nice guys, and their sexual success compared to bad boys Herold, E. S., & Milhausen, R. R. (1999). Dating preferences of university women: An analysis of the nice guy stereotype. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 25, doi: /

4 Definition of Nice Guy/Bad Boy Dichotomous Nice guys were either losers or good guys Losers were boring, inexperienced, weak, and nerdy Good guys were polite, had high standards, and are less physically attractive Bad boys were one of four categories: rebel, macho, fun, and sexy guy Herold, E. S., & Milhausen, R. R. (1999). Dating preferences of university women: An analysis of the nice guy stereotype. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 25, doi: /

5 Methods Sample size of 165 female undergrads Wanted to investigate the sexual success of nice guys Vignettes about nice John and bad boy Mike Questionnaire was given with 3 measures –Sexual importance –Maximum acceptable level of partners sexual experience –Womens perceptions of nice guys Hypothesized that sexually conservative women were morel likely to date nice guys Herold, E. S., & Milhausen, R. R. (1999). Dating preferences of university women: An analysis of the nice guy stereotype. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 25, doi: /

6 Results Women using a restricted sociosexual strategy (sexually conservative) are more likely to date nice guys Want mates who will provide parental investment Women using an unrestricted sociosexual strategy (promiscuous) are more likely to date bad boys Want mates who are physically attractive, not looking for long term commitment Herold, E. S., & Milhausen, R. R. (1999). Dating preferences of university women: An analysis of the nice guy stereotype. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 25, doi: /

7 Results Continued 54% of the women chose nice John from the vignettes But, 56% of the women said they knew other women who said they wanted to date nice guys, but ended up with bad boys instead –By the measure about partners maximum acceptable number of sex partners This is evidence for the nice guy stereotype that is present in the media and in our culture Herold, E. S., & Milhausen, R. R. (1999). Dating preferences of university women: An analysis of the nice guy stereotype. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 25, doi: /

8 Discussion Discrepancy between what women say they want and what they actually do Women say they want to date nice guys, but prefer bad boys instead Bad boys are successful with more promiscuous women If the woman is looking for a short term, casual relationship, she will be more likely to date bad boys Herold, E. S., & Milhausen, R. R. (1999). Dating preferences of university women: An analysis of the nice guy stereotype. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 25, doi: /

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