Dating Study Confirms Women Are Masochists


A University of Virginia study, recently published in the Journal of Psychological Science, confirms what most of us already know: when it comes to dating, women just love to torture themselves. Findings suggest that a woman is more attracted to a man when she is uncertain about how much he likes her, causing her to constantly think about him to the point of obsession.

47 female undergraduates participated in the study, which used Facebook as a pretense. They were split into three groups and shown the profiles of four fictional men. One group was told that the men had viewed their profiles and liked these women the most. The second group were told that the men rated them as average and the last group didn’t know about the level of the men’s interest in them. And just like a masochist, the women who found the men most attractive were this last group the ones who werent sure whether those men were into them or not.

We all have that naive, hopeless romantic friend that likes to insist that there’s no such thing as “playing games” when it comes to dating. She would probabaly try to argue the findings of this study, but let’s face it, you’re dealing with a dillusional friend. We like to think that The Rules are outdated and don’t apply to the “modern” woman, but the fact is that “keeping people in the dark about how much we like them will increase how much they think about us and will pique their interest. I’d like to know if the same reasoning can be applied to men. Maybe we’ve finally cracked some code on getting men to fall for us

But the real question becomes, why do we like to torture ourselves? Is it an inherent psychological trait or do we really just like the chase? Or… are women just masochists at heart? Feel free to share your opinions in the comments below.

Photo: Benny Horne, RUSSH Magazine

  • Ethan Rordlow

    Well, it’s clear to me that this study is decisive. Anyone who argues against such clear and undeniable science is a certifiable moron. After all, 47 women were part of the study. 47! Such a huge demographic of the populace! And the study was conducted on that most sacred of scientific venues: FACEBOOK. Wow. Absolutely amazing! ALL women ARE masochists! The next time I walk into a McDonalds, I’ll ask all the people eating there if they’ve ever had a problem with obesity, and if they answer ‘yes,’ I’ll know that ALL people have problems with obesity. Of course I’ll have to find a Psychological Journal to publish me, otherwise the appeal to authority is lost.

  • Perilous

    Starting a sentence with a numerical value that is not a year? Letting something as egregious as “dillusional” actually get posted live, when any spellchecker in the world would catch it? Are you freaking kidding me?

    Whoever wrote this needs to go back to school and pay attention this time around. You can’t possibly expect to be taken seriously with writing this horrendous. Show a little self-respect and dignity instead of coming across as though you barely have two brain cells to rub together, for pity’s sake.

  • Tam

    It is not incorrect to start a sentence with a number higher than 10. The spelling mishtake is pretty bad tho!

  • Cameron

    who found the men most attractive were this last group the ones who werent sure whether those men were into them or not. 

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