RNDP 18: More Developments

Let's take a poll: Who wants the Revolutionary New Dating Paradigm (RNDP) to be over? Everybody. Me too. There are many other things I would like to blog about. For example did you know that there are people out there who think "selfless" means something bad? Click on this google search link if you do not believe me.

But I cannot wrap up the RNDP quite yet because new developments and research keep coming out.

Detecting Infidelity: A study by Paul Andrews and colleagues at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond reported in New Scientist, concluded that men are better at detecting their partner's infidelities than women. In a study of 203 young heterosexual couples, while 29 per cent of men said they had cheated, compared with 18.5 per cent of women, 80 per cent of women's inferences about fidelity or infidelity were correct, while men were accurate 94 per cent of the time.

But then the authors mention these other points:

  • "... men were also more likely to suspect infidelity when there was none... "
  • "Complex statistical analysis of the data hinted that a further 10 per cent of the women in the study had cheated on top of the 18.5 per cent who admitted to it in the questionnaires, whereas the men had been honest about their philandering." [10%+18.5%=28.5%]
The authors do not remark on how astonishing it is that all these men who had lied to their partners chose to be honest with a group of psychology researchers.

What do we learn from this? We learn that there is still grant money to be gained in looking for differences between men and women.

HookupMaps is a new website that combines the personal ads in Craiglist with Google Maps. So far it is only available in San Francisco Bay Area, New York, LA, DC, San Diego, Virginia, and Maryland.
If they do not add Ottawa soon, perhaps we could prevail upon the people who created the Ottawa Crime Map to do this for us.

The Locasex Movement
Perhaps when you read about HookupMaps, you were thinking, I don't need no stinking Google Maps Mashup! I can get sex the old-fashioned way by flying across the country to spend a dirty weekend with my sure thing.
However, over at Lifehacker, Mark Ontkush reports that there are those within the ecology movement who are pointing out there is a huge environmental cost to long-distance booty calls.

The Guys like those Red Dresses
From the Globe and Mail:
A series of studies by researchers at the University of Rochester has revealed that men are far more attracted to women in red clothing or surrounded by red accessories than females who sport other colours. What's more, men seem to be especially generous to the lady in red - and are more willing to open up their wallets to wine and dine her.

Warm Drink, Warm Heart
From the LA Times:
Looking to improve your romantic odds? Get your date a steaming cup of coffee.
That's the implication of a new study by researchers who wanted to see if there was any connection between physical and emotional heat.
To their surprise, people who held a cup of hot coffee for 10 to 25 seconds warmed to a perfect stranger. Holding a cup of iced coffee had the opposite effect
Maybe Nice Guys Don't Finish Last?
From Medical News Today:
Displays of altruism or selflessness towards others can be sexually attractive in a mate. This is one of the findings of a study carried out by biologists and a psychologist at The University of Nottingham.

Advice Gleaned From All This:
  1. Give money to street people while on a date.
  2. If you're at a bar and attracted to your date order Irish Coffees. Unless you've already decided you're not interested. In that case, ask for vodka that's been kept in the freezer and order extra ice cubes.
  3. Once again, the Liberal party girls have the advantage over the NDP, Conservative and Green party girls.
  4. You'll be easier on the environment if you date local.
  5. If you're a young American, you've got about a 1 in 3 chance of finding a partner who won't cheat on you. If you get such a partner, you'll most likely figure it out, but to be sure, you should hire a social scientist to include your partner in a study and then carry out complex statistical analysis.


zoom said...

Congratulations: you have rekindled my interest in the entire RNDP series with this fascinating post! Seriously - if you want your readership to let you off the hook with respect to the series, you have to accompany that request with a bad RNDP post.

4th Dwarf said...

The thing is, Zoom, that I committed to producing an actual, for real, revolutionary new dating paradigm.

I thought it would take me about 8 or 10 postings spread over a few weeks to survey the blog-o-sphere and distill the required essence.

But now every week, I find more ingredients to add to the mash.

nursemyra said...

hmmm.... I wear a lot of red and have "corvette red" streaks in my hair. according to that survey I should have dinner dates coming out my ears....

zoom said...

Dwarfie, we haven't forgotten that you promised to deliver an actual revolutionary new dating paradigm by the end of all this. Others may have seen it as a joke, or perhaps as a clever way to squeeze 18 posts out of a single topic, but I myself always believed you'd deliver the actual goods. And I still do.

Anonymous said...

You should check your math in your fifth point of advice. Shouldn't it be a "2 in 3" chance of finding a partner who won't cheat, rather than a "1 in 3" chance?

coyote said...

I bet he was adjusting for unreported fibbage. The Short Guy is like that.