Men driv­ing flashy cars re­pel women look­ing for se­ri­ous re­la­tion­ships

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LON­DON: Women per­ceive men who flaunt their wealth as un­suit­able part­ners for a long-term re­la­tion­ship, a new study sug­gests.

US re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Buf­falo have re­vealed that os­ten­ta­tious dis­plays, such as driv­ing a flashy car, could be detri­men­tal when it comes to find­ing a po­ten­tial part­ner.

This, they say, is be­cause peo­ple who drive ex­trav­a­gant ve­hi­cles are viewed as less re­li­able and more sex­u­ally pro­mis­cu­ous.

The study, pub­lished in Springer’s jour­nal Evo­lu­tion­ary Psy­cho­log­i­cal Science, asked 375 un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents to com­plete anony­mous on­line sur­veys in a bid to in­ves­ti­gate how oth­ers in­ter­pret a man’s dis­play of wealth. The par­tic­i­pants first read through the de­scrip­tions of two men who were pur­chas­ing cars and were asked to rate each char­ac­ter on dat­ing and par­ent­ing be­hav­iours, his in­ter­est in re­la­tion­ships and his at­trac­tive­ness to oth­ers. Both fic­tional men spent the same bud­get but, while one man made a fru­gal in­vest­ment, the other opted for a car with new paint, larger wheels and an im­pres­sive sound sys­tem.

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