Male in dating situations
View the full list On a TV show or in a movie, if a guy and a girl are at a party and one approaches the other to strike up a conversation, chances are that it was the guy who approached the girl.
That is because we have what psychologists call “behavioural scripts”, or a sequence of events that we typically expect to occur in social situations.
To study such scripts that underpin dating behaviour, researchers have used speed dating.
Speed dating is a structured way for daters to meet a lot of people quickly.
Later, the male and female participants let the event organiser know which partners they would like to see again.
The typical speed-dating event features women sitting at various locations around a room, often a coffee shop or bar, while men circulate and chat with each female for a few minutes.
A signal will then indicate that time is up and the men should move along to the next woman.
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The typical speed-dating event relies heavily on the “male approaches female” norm.