Ya think?

When you ask people to judge the similarities between heterosexual couples and their parents from photos, a fascinating picture emerges.
Women tend on average to pick partners whose faces look a bit like their fathers’, while men often choose partners who slightly resemble their mothers.
Resemblance doesn’t stop at faces – you can also see subtle similarities on average between partner and parent height, hair colour, eye colour, ethnicity and even the degree of body hair.

Humans tend to pick in tribe over out tribe?


12 thoughts on “Ya think?”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Let me do the inevitable Rusty/BiG wail – but that’s WAAAAAACIST! Because people are all the same under the skin! So a random man shares as many of the same genes as your father! So it can’t be true and only a think.racist.pirk could say otherwise.

    Now that is out of the way:

    One such study of adopted women found that they tended to choose husbands who looked like their adoptive fathers.

    That is interesting, if true, because it is learned behaviour not genetic.

    We also know that, in general, heterosexuals are more attracted to those who resemble their opposite-sex parent than their same-sex parent.

    And what about the non-heterosexuals?

    People who report more positive childhood relationships with a parent are more likely to be attracted to partners who resemble that parent.

    Not surprising. Very interesting but I think most of us would have thought this was true. So it does it follow that if you spite your father by running off, for instance, with a thug like Michael X that you are mentally disturbed?


  2. Nobody is surprised if someone shares (inherits?) their parents taste when it comes to choosing sports or occupations. So it’s surely predictable that they often share their tastes when it comes to the opposite sex.

  3. There’s something about this in “The Third Chimpanzee.” IIRC, two factors where people particularly choose people like them is size of earlobe and political views – over and above race.

  4. I wonder if this really depends on the picking? How about forced marriages, would the partner now resemble the relative grandparents instead?

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    Tim Newman – “Suddenly he finds he prefers Maria Sharapova over mummy after all.”

    You mean your mother did not look like Ms Sharapova?

    There is a concept in biology which is about the ideal inter-breeding distance. You cross a plant with one that is too close and it becomes inbred. But you cross one with one that is too far away and it is unlikely to be adapted to that particular spot. So there is an ideal distance which is a bit nearer than too far.

    It is not unreasonable to think humans have evolved something similar. You know, what Rusty and BiG call racism.

  6. Personally I regard this as bollocks on stilts, along with that very stupid post on the transgender carer/murderer. I have met remarkably few men who resemble their wife or partner’s father in any way, shape or form. Some examples would be good.

  7. Intractable Potsherd

    On this one, I agree with diogenes. I have just been going through my friends and familty and their choice of partners, and I can only think of one from more ten where I knew their parents where there is any resemblance at all. OK, I know this is anecdotal, but it does fly in the face of what is being reported.

  8. So Much For Subtlety

    I don’t know why we give Creationists such a hard time. After all, Arguments from Incredulity are both very common and very persuasive. I have never seen a Cro Magnon evolve from a monkey but I am prepared to believe it. I doubt this study but that is because it lacks that other Creationist favourite – an Argument from Authority. Top Men support evolution (except when it comes to humans or human intelligence) but this study has not been endorsed by Neil deGrasse Tyson yet so it might be wrong.

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