If you remember watching scenes from all those totally cheesy ’80s movies, you know that it was the bad guy who almost always snagged the girl.
According to a study published in the European Journal of Personality, it happens to be true. Men who play hard to get typically end up with an attractive, more committed woman.
The lure of dating such a woman is obvious. They can boost your self-esteem, multiply your sexual desirability and even give you a piece of arm candy that very well may increase your social status among your friends. Playing games could be the way to jump start a relationship. Yes, we were surprised to hear this, too!
But these types of women have seen and heard it all. So, if you’re ever going to have a chance at dating one of them, you’re just going to have to step up your game and do something different from the next chap! The most common strategy is to be unavailable to the object of your affections.
In a series of studies, researchers from Australia presented college students with eye-catching photos of the opposite sex and then told the students how often the people in the photos went out with someone they had just met (never, occasionally or often). Both women and men preferred to date those who rated “medium” in availability. Findings even concluded that people were prone to spending more cash on those who were less available.
You know how the story goes.
It’s all about supply and demand. An assistant professor at the University of Western Sydney, Peter Jonason, Ph.D., says, “Commodities that are viewed as less available are viewed as more valuable.”
Fortunately, there are ways of playing hard to get without coming off like a total jerk in front of the ladies. Plus, didn’t the nice guy always score the hot chick at the end of those 80’s films?