No relationship was found between women's fear of success and any of seven measures of men's sex-role attitudes.
Boyfriends of women with high fear of success were more advanced in school and scored higher on SAT math than other men, but did not differ in college grades or SAT verbal scores.
“That fact alone is interesting.” “When I interviewed [students], I asked them to dream up how they would [prefer to] get together in a romantic, sexual relationship,” Bogle said, and they had a hard time answering.
But there happens to be one very specific group that has no business being overly self-confident in online dating, as it appears to harm them rather than help: college-age guys.
Plenty of communication happens with no words at all, especially in modern dating where the choice of a partner could be based on a single picture (think Tinder).
For instance, expansiveness—how far apart you spread your limbs—could signal to a romantic partner that a person is socially dominant, making them appear more desirable.
These findings may not apply to all groups—but for Illinois college students and San Francisco online daters, at least, a spread-out stance could help net a second date.
But is it possible students are also using Tinder not for sex but to find friends? There’s certainly reason to be skeptical, experts say, but there might be a kernel of truth there.