," but don't hold its too-cute title against it—looked at how and when high-school students choose mates and their preferences when searching for a partner.Economists Peter Arcidiacono and Marjorie Mc Elroy of Duke and Andrew Beauchamp of Boston College examined an enormous trove of data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, more commonly known as The poll asked a broad range of questions about health and behavior—and the data set has become the basis of dozens of famed medical, sociological, and economic studies.So are some other old prom-era chestnuts: Teen boys are primarily—obsessively?—interested in sex, whereas girls, no matter how boy-crazy, tend to focus on relationships.One coed argues that the gender imbalance has engendered a culture where men routinely cheat on their female partners."That's a thing that girls let slide, because you have to," the student explains.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of high school girls do not (though 50.1 percent of senior girls do).(They looked only at opposite-sex relationships within the same school.) That's uncommon: Most academic studies on marriage and partner-matching use a technique called "," which looks at pre-existing couples and defines the characteristics they do and do not have in common.