Men vs women dating
There's another reason working against the dating odds of straight, urban women: In LGBT-friendly cities like New York, Washington, and Miami, a considerable fraction of the men are gay.Birger estimates that in Manhattan's straight, college-grad, under-30 dating pool, there are roughly three women for every two men.But Tinder and its ilk (apps like Ok Cupid and Hinge) aren't entirely to blame, argues freelance journalist and former Fortune reporter Jon Birger in The Washington Post.
In his book "DATE-ONOMICS: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game," Birger argues that the college and post-college hookup scene is a result of the gender gap in college enrollment.
Birger says the picture gets worse with age, because as people get older and get married, the ratio of available women to men gets even more skewed.
For example, if you start out with a pool of 140 women and 100 men (all of whom are straight and monogamous), and half the women get married, the ratio of single women to single men rises from 1.4:1 to more than 2:1.
But when the ratio is skewed toward women, as with the college grads in this study, romantic interaction becomes more about sex, because men are in high demand and don't feel pressured to settle down.
Birger says this can lead to women being more sexually objectified, while men "play the field." Another factor that makes dating difficult is that college-educated women today are less likely than ever before to marry men with less education than them, research suggests.
Do women have it a lot easier than men, and do hot people in general have it the easiest? Millward created 10 fake OKCupid profiles with similar sounding usernames, with the same written profile, personal stats, level of education, etc. Each account had a different photo of a man or woman of varying attractiveness.