Sociosexuality and shyness did a better job predicting popularity in this speed dating context than the personality traits extraversion and neuroticism, which are correlated with sociosexuality and shyness, respectively (sociosexuality with extraversion, shyness with neuroticism).

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They also found an age effect: the older the women, the less choosy she was and the older the man, the more choosy he was.

This is consistent with age-related context-dependent mating strategies.

The researchers suggest that this may be due to traditional male sex roles, which require men to be assertive and proactive in the mating domain, skills that may not come as easily to shy guys.

Also, since shyness is correlated with neuroticism, shy individuals may have come across as socially anxious, which may have made their dating partner feel uncomfortable.

Consistent with parental investment theory, women, on average, tended to state an interest in long-term mating more so than men did.

This was only relative though: both men and women reported a desire for long-term mating, and most men in this dating context did choose a long-term mating orientation. Popularity was heavily influenced by easily perceivable physical attributes such as facial and vocal attractiveness, height, and weight.Another reason may be that those with a short-term mating orientation may have been more extraverted, and their extraverted behaviors were noticed and remembered more.Other research has shown that Extraverts do better than introverts in a rapid mating context such as speed dating (Luo & Zhang, 2009; also see : the more shy the man appeared, the less popular the man.The short time period of interaction could skew the results as you have 3 minutes to make a judgment call on someone and you have to take everything at face value so you can be a total narcissistic a-hole but you don't have to let them know that for 3 minutes.I think at least one reason sociosexual men do better in speed dating is because they don't take the proceedings too seriously. Someone who's relaxed and willing to take chances on flirting, light teasing, or engaging in off-the-wall humor, or someone who treats a meet and greet like a job interview?The arguments for this seem either forced or just speculation because it seems that men who prefer casual encounters or are willing to engage in such, are less likely to want a long-term commitment.