To attract women, men can turn into big spenders

  • Article by: KRISTIN TILLOTSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 20, 2012 - 6:32 PM

A U of M-led study finds that guys are more rash with their cash when they live in a city where there are fewer single women than men.

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cindystratt1Jan. 21, 12 4:54 AM

Duh.............Don't U of M researchers have more important issues to study.

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davewtcJan. 21, 12 9:23 AM

"With all the progress we've made in reconsidering gender roles, can the truth really be this Neanderthal?" >> Yes, it can. Darwin might not be proud but he would likely be smugly satisfied. "Darwin might not be proud that men are still motivated more by the primal than the prime rate. But he wouldn't be surprised, either." >> Nice ending - with an incredibly sexist remark! If men are willing to spend more it must be because it works. What does that say about how women have evolved?

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orizuruJan. 21, 12 9:57 AM

I find this article informative and fascinating in content, but I am disappointed in the attitude in which it is presented. "After all these years we're supposed to have been evolving, the male of the human species still feels that when females are few, he must court them by competitively displaying superior plumage -- the green in his wallet." This sentence seems to imply that males have fallen behind in the evolutionary race. But evolution isn't a race, it isn't trying to get anywhere. All strategies are judged on a single criteria: is it successful? The study says that this strategy was successful in past generations, which is why we have inherited it. Only time will tell if it is still successful. But evolution makes no moral judgment, and I doubt Darwin would have either.

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sportselectJan. 21, 1212:26 PM

Where are these guys who like to spend on women? I have found most to be very conservative with their credit cards. Guess I have always been in the wrong places to meet men who feel they have to show off there pocketbooks to attract the female. If people have time to do these studies, I would like to see the outcome of who spends more on their partner under Astrology Categories. Thank you for the report. http://www.summersweetsports.com

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truthtopowerJan. 22, 12 9:12 AM

sportselect, the problem with the study is that it uses statistics to look at people "one the whole" it is not a case study. The other problem is that human behavior does not lend itself to being studied with statistics. They're saying credit card debt is higher in places where there are fewer women. Is that the correlation they found? That could mean all kinds of things! It's a crummy study... What man wants a high maintenance gold-digger? Also, the article implies that women aren't happy with men who spend a lot of if the man has other serious character flaws. So what's the real story? Who knows?

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ningaubleJan. 22, 1212:37 PM

I don't know if Kristin Tillotson lacks even a basic understanding of evolution or if she's simply casting journalistic integrity aside in the name of a few cheap jokes, but the notion that an intellectual construct that's been around for a few thousand years like "civilization"- let alone "reconsidering gender roles", which is a concept that's only a few hundred years old- could possibly have a noticeable effect on millions of years of evolutionary process is ludicrous.

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