Biological and Evolutionary Reasons of Mate Choice Essay
Within the past decade we have witnessed a series of new developments and an enormously growing interest in the understanding of human behaviour, especially when it comes to the basic principles of human mate choice. Mate preference is something which is often considered a very individual choice and appears to be influenced by cultural and economic norms. However, on the basis of numerous research works, it is a today’s acceptation that attractiveness represents a signal resulting from sexual selection. Although we have different preference for facial expression, body shape or height, recent findings suggest that mate preferences are mainly cued on …show more content…
What applies to animals also seems likely for humans. Human mate choice therefore is strongly influenced by attractiveness and our appearance. People who are attractive have less difficulties to socialize with others, mostly have an earlier encounter with sexual experiences (Rhodes, 2006) and an overall better integration in social relationships.
Beauty can also be considered a visual signal because human beauty can trigger different innate characteristics such as sympathy, kindness, or protective behaviour. This may influence our choice for a partner as e.g. individuals with features signalling good health, youth, fertility or strength are chosen above individuals that lack those qualities. (Grammer, Fink, Møller, Thornhill, 2003). Thus, beauty may also represent genetic advantages which we can pass down to our offspring. On that account, it is also obvious that humans are constantly aiming to manipulate