The Science of Dating: A Closer Look at Research Findings

The dynamics of dating and attraction areĀ  weaving together factors like physical attractiveness, social status, cultural values, and personal traits. Here’s a view of recent research:

  1. Physical attractiveness vs. social status: A study by Buss found that while men tend to prioritize physical attractiveness in a partner, women place more emphasis on social status.
  2. Cultural influences on mate preferences: Research by Kowner (1996) illustrates how Eastern and Western cultures differ in their mate selection criteria, with Eastern cultures valuing communal traits and Western cultures prioritizing individualistic traits.
  3. The role of language in courtship: Whitty (2003) explored how men use complex vocabulary and metaphorical language in dating scenarios to display intelligence and creativity. This linguistic effort is seen as a strategy to attract potential partners by demonstrating intellectual capabilities.
  4. Humor’s impact in long-term relationships: A study by Li et al. (2009) revealed that women are more likely to respond positively to men who display a good sense of humor, especially in the context of long-term mating strategies. Humor is perceived as an indicator of social intelligence and creativity.
  5. Socio-Economic Status and Attractiveness: Research by Fales et al. (2016) found a correlation between higher education levels, income, and perceived attractiveness, suggesting that socio-economic factors play a significant role in attraction.


  • Buss, D. M. (1989). Sex differences in human mate preferences: Evolutionary hypotheses tested in 37 cultures. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
  • Kowner, R. (1996). Facial attractiveness and mate selection in two cultures. Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Whitty, M. T. (2003). The language of love: The effects of romantic descriptions on attraction in an online dating context. System Sciences.
  • Li, N. P., et al. (2009). Humor effects on women’s responses to men’s offers. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
  • Fales, M. R., et al. (2016). Mating markets and bargaining hands: Mate preferences for attractiveness and resources in two national U.S. studies. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


Improved Conversations with ChatGPT: Remember and Forget

OpenAI’s Chatbot, ChatGPT, has been updated to remember and forget specific information as per user instructions. This new feature aims to facilitate more personalized and engaging conversations for users while ensuring their privacy. Users control what the bot retains from their conversations, and it forgets data after 30 days by default. However, any user can instruct the chatbot to forget certain things instantly. OpenAI continues to prioritize user feedback to refine and improve its models over time.

Introducing Superlist: The Ultimate Productivity Tool

Superlist, a new productivity tool created by the co-founder of Wunderlist, Christian Reber, has been launched to aid with task management. The tool, currently free in beta version, aims to provide more functionalities than other similar tools. It offers features like subtasks, labels, due dates, and repeated tasks, and integrates well with calendars, emails, and other productivity apps. Superlist intends to roll out a premium paid version with added features in the future. Despite being acquired by Microsoft and later shut down, Reber hopes that Superlist, much like Wunderlist, will become a hit among businesses and casual users alike.

EU Ruling on Tech Giants and User Content

The European Union (EU) has recently ruled in favor of tech giants, making it clear that they cannot be held liable for content posted by users. This verdict came as a result of a lawsuit filed against YouTube and Google in Germany, where the tech giants were accused of copyright infringement. The European Court of Justice declared that unless aware of the illegal activity, tech companies can’t be held accountable. However, if informed of the unlawful conduct, these companies are obliged to act or face penalties. This ruling serves as a significant step towards defining the limits and responsibilities of tech platforms regarding user-generated content.

“Introducing ImageFX: Google’s Text-to-Image AI Tool”

Google’s DeepMind team has unveiled ImageFX, a new text-to-image AI tool. It uses transformer models to generate images from textual prompts. Notably, the tool operates on a higher level of abstraction than its predecessors – it focuses more on overall structure and less on specifics. This allows images to be manipulated without requiring specific photo-editing software. The technology could have potential uses in video games and movies.