If you’re trying to get ahead in age gap dating, you may want to try being more playful, because according to a new study, it’s a very desirable attribute that a lot of singles look for in a potential partner.
The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Zurich, found that for men and women, friendliness, intelligence, and a sense of humor all topped the list as the most desirable attributes, followed by playfulness.
The reason playfulness and friendliness fare so well in age gap dating is because it can make you come across as having a better sense of humor, having a more laidback attitude, and being more creative. For women, playfulness is a sign that a man is not aggressive. And for men, it’s a sign that the woman has more vigor and energy, which is desirable for the purpose of sexual selection.
Although more research is needed to determine the value of playfulness in American relationships (this study used U.K. participants), it does offer some valuable insight into what types of things people value when looking for a long-term partner, which can definitely come in handy for your own age gap dating adventures. “Although we should be cautious while interpreting the data, this could be an indication that playful people are actually perceived as more attractive partners or that playfulness increasingly develops in the relationship,” explained psychology professor Dr. René Proyer.
According to the study, being playful involves an appreciation for wordplay, enjoying teasing, being spontaneous, and taking on challenges lightheartedly.
Griffiths, S., “Looking for love? Be FUN: Playfulness is more important than intelligence when dating, study claims,” Daily Mail web site, March 9, 2015; http://goo.gl/b1zDdj.