In the Darwinian world of high-school dating, freshman girls and senior boys have the highest chances of successfully partnering up. And they have found that for the most part, they're accurate. Now, however, social scientists have examined them exhaustively and empirically.What the researchers looked for is called, in academic-speak, "matching": the likelihood and factors that lead to any individual partnering up.
Where there are more girls, the male preference for sex tends to win out.
Of course, all this raises a question that has long bedeviled scores of Y. novelists, not to mention millions of teenagers: In high school, how exactly does one define a "relationship"?
Unsurprisingly, the majority of high school girls do not (though 50.1 percent of senior girls do).
Over the course of four years, the power shifts from the freshman girls who don't want to have sex to the senior boys who do. Though high-school girls don't really want to have sex, many more of them end up doing so in order to "match" with a high-school boy.
(Humans tend to partner with mates that look and act like them.
In real terms, that means couples with the same socioeconomic, racial, and religious background are common.
In high-school terms, that means math nerds date math nerds, though members of the debate team may also qualify.) he or she seeks in a partner as well as what he or she ends up getting.
The idea is that men and women—jocks and dorks, freshman and seniors—base their search not only on the characteristics of their chosen partner, but also the expected terms of the relationship.
A tamer version of that observation is borne out in the economists' work among high schoolers.