And because men are more likely than women to remarry following divorce and to marry women increasingly younger than they are—three years at first marriage, five at second, eight at third—the gender-biased mating ratio skews more sharply with increasing age.Different women react in different ways to the mating crisis.
They dress more provocatively, send more sexually explicit texts, consent to sex sooner, and hope that things turn into something more than a brief encounter.
Some alternate at different times of their lives, and some do both simultaneously.
And although a few social scientists deny the data, research overwhelmingly shows that men harbor, on average, a greater desire for sexual partner variety.
If you spend some time, as I have, interviewing professional matchmakers, you'll learn there is no shortage of college-educated women seeking to get married. In 2012, 34 percent more women than men graduated from U. “Students here tend not to date but have relationships,” one college review site wrote of the California Institute of Technology, which is over 60 percent male.
This "man deficit" has spilled over into the post-college dating market, giving educated men an incentive to delay marriage. Colleges with disproportionately high numbers of women tend to have the most intense hookup cultures, whereas campuses with enrollments that skew male tend to be those where monogamy still reigns.