Men say they love dating smart women, but the male psyche tells a different story.
It seems that the male ego might be holding them back.
A new study in the November edition of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin confirms that smart women might threaten or intimidate most men. Researchers from the University of Buffalo, California Lutheran University and University of Texas, Austin joined forces to conduct the study.
It featured two phases. In the first, 105 men ranked women who either outperformed them or underperformed them in a math or English course.
Most men showed greater interest and favorability toward the women who got higher math or English scores.
Despite most men saying that they are interested in intelligent women, it was a different story when it came to dating. The researchers then asked the same men if they wanted to meet these smart women, and they responded very cautiously. The study found that the men distanced themselves from the smart women and rated them less attractive when asked if they would actually want to meet them.
The authors behind the study told The Independent, "feelings of diminished masculinity accounted for men's decreased attraction toward women who outperformed them."
To find out what this study means, let's compare it to two other studies.
Ask Men cited a recent study from the European Journal of Operational Research that found relationships have a better survival rate if the woman is smarter than the man. NTRSCTN cited a 2013 study in the in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that said men experienced lower self-esteem when their significant other was more successful than them.
In other words, these studies show that men need to get over their ego and date smarter women if they want stronger relationships.
(H/T: The Independent)