Nice people get laid more.
A study found altruistic people are getting having more sex, especially men. That includes casual sex and long term relationships. The British Journal of Psychology, with a team led by Professor Steven Arnocky of Nipissing University, looked into the links between one’s sexual history and how nice they are.
‘This study is the first to show that altruism may translate into real mating success in Western population, that altruists have more mates than non-altruists,’ according to Professor Pat Barclay, of the University of Guelph, who worked on the study as well.
Professor Arnocky added: “It appears that altruism evolved in our species, in part, because it serves as a signal of other underlying desirable qualities, which helps individuals reproduced.”
Researchers interviews 800 people about their relationships and how often they helped others through charity, blood donation, helping strangers cross the street, donating winnings and helping classmates, and other things.
Altruism increased men’s chances at finding sex more than women’s. Both genders look for altruism in their partner. Men who hunt and share meat, according to food sharing studies, enjoy greater reproductive success.
Another study asked 524 college students about their sexual history and a question designed to test altruism. The question was: “if you won $100 would you donate it all to charity, keep all of it, or give some to charity and keep some.”
People who donated some or all of the money reported more casual sex partners, more sex partners in the last year and more sex partners in their lifetime.
‘Given the importance we place on attractiveness, resources and intelligence, it would be worthwhile to explore how individuals ‘trade-off’ altruism against other desirable qualities,’ Professor Arnocky said.