A new research reveals that both men and women are more inclined towards a playful adult while choosing their partners.
Anthropologist Garry Chick from Pennsylvania State University recently developed a theory that playfulness in adults is a desirable trait in sexual selection: To women, it indicates a low level of aggression in men and to men vitality in women.
Now, Rene Proyer and Lisa Wagner from the Department of Psychology at the University of Zurich show in a study that playfulness also plays an important role in the choice of a partner in the European culture.
Friendliness, intelligence, humor and a fun tendency came at the top of the list. Playfulness ranked mid-table, although not all that far behind the favorites. Psychologist Proyer explained that hence the personality trait also seemed important for the choice of partner at least more so than the partner having a degree, good genes or being religious.
Further analyses also revealed that participants who described themselves as playful also valued playfulness, humor, a laid-back attitude, a fun tendency and creativity among potential partners themselves. And the participants who were in relationships assessed themselves as more playful than those who were currently single.
The study is published in the American Journal of Play.