Lesson Plan: What do you look for in a partner?

Lesson Plan: What do you look for in a partner?

What do you look for in a partner? Do you think this might be different for men and women? What about people of different ages?

Listen from 0.00- 5.05. What does the research say?

What are some of the things people find attractive, according to the audio?

  • shared values
  • fun family
  • conversation
  • good skin
  • good at sports
  • hygiene
  • good sense of humour
  • similar hobbies
  • someone you can trust


What is the mostsomeone who will laugh at my jokes.
If they like me,to rate individual characteristics
I’m just looking forimportant thing you look for in a partner?
They have to be funnierit becomes less important for them.
We asked peoplethan what I think I am.
As men age,I just like them back.

Discussion: Is this true for you and the people you know?

Part 2: What do you think this research says about human beings, in terms of evolution? Listen to 5.05-10.06 to find out.


  • What’s new about this research?
  • What species act in similar ways to this research?
  • Do they know anything about same sex couples? Why/ why not?
  • How might dating apps change the way we date?


Complete these sentences with these words: shallow, anecdotal, focussed, pickiness, evolutionary

  • That is confirmed by our everyday experience, by ________________evidence
  • From an __________________ perspective, have humans always been like this?
  • This just shows how ____________________ young men are today.
  • This kind of research has been really __________________ on sex differences.
  • I guess you can’t make the same kind of comparisons.
  • Maybe it increases people’s _____________________ .

Discussion: Do you think people’s preferences have changed over time? Do you think we are more or less shallow than a few years ago?


Lead-in: What more information would you like to know about the study?

Read this article. Did it include any more details?


Details: Are the following true or false:

  • Women think how much money their partner earns is important
  • Men and women over thirty show no differences
  • As people get older, trust is more important
  • Evolutionary theory is criticised by some people
  • Some people care a lot about many traits


Can you find words from the article that fit this table:


Discussion: Do these findings explain some of the way you and your friends act/ have acted? Do you think the findings should affect they way we act?

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