Dating someone with no college education
Naturally, we were curious to see if having a graduate degree has any correlation to a member’s attractiveness and preferences.
We looked at over 20 million matches and here’s what we found. Right off the bat you’ll probably notice that for men, professional degrees (i.e., MD, MBA, JD) garner a higher percentage of likes than those with more general graduate degrees (i.e., Ph D, Master’s).
The trend is particularly sharp among newlyweds; in 2012 almost 40% of college educated women were married to a guy without a degree.
This is a big reversal from the 30 year trend between 19, when it was the men who were marrying down, educationally speaking.
Read More: Extreme Marriage Experiment Suggests It’s Better to Be Right Than Happy While most married couples still have similar education levels, that percentage too is dropping. “Adults with high school or less education are much less likely to marry,” writes Pew researcher Wendy Wang, who authored the new report.
“The marriage rate among this group plummeted—from 72% in 1960 to 46% in 2012.” Three quarters of American wives in 1960 were married to guys who, like them, had a high school education or less.
In fact, having a Ph D or master’s seems to have no impact on men’s popularity at all!
And it’s pretty clear that those professional degree holders know what’s up — they PASS on their Bagels the most frequently.
Given that the type of degree someone holds has a clear impact on their attractiveness level, I was curious if there is a distinctive difference in the way people present themselves on their profiles, depending on the degree they have – i.e., are there words or phrases those with MBAs use a lot more than those with Ph Ds?
The high divorce rate in the 80s may also have rattled some who grew up in that era.
Other researchers, notably Andy Cherlin, have suggested that because marriage is still popular among the better educated—and weddings are more lavish than ever—it has taken on the qualities of a status symbol or a merit badge that you earn as you get your life/career/finances in order.
As always, men and women are as different as Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift, and our study proves no exception.
Men didn’t seem too hot for the women holding professional or other higher degrees; in fact, they preferred ladies who only have their bachelor’s degree!!!