The ladies at The brought the subject up in a recent survey asking ten different men why so many smart men date “dumb girls.” I was one of the respondents.Now Nicole Lapin, my colleague here at CNBC, has tried to explain why smart women want to date smart men. The Gloss wanted to know why smart men were dating less intelligent women, while Lapin wrote about why smart women date smart men.There’s obviously a missing category here: men on the left hand side of the intelligence bell-curve.The disconnect doesn’t just emerge from Lapin’s preferences—it’s inherent in the data.The answer must either be that less intelligent men are unwilling to date more intelligent women or more intelligent women are unwilling to date less intelligent men. Whatever the answer is, it is creating an unmet arbitrage opportunity—an overabundance of intelligent, single women and an over-abundance of less intelligent, single men.This is evidence that what men and women look for in a mate diverges.Less intelligent women—for whom the economy provides less opportunity—don’t have the call option built in and so they don’t need to be discounted.Why doesn’t this work the other way around—discounting intelligent men for their own “call option” and therefore benefiting less intelligent men?
Truth be told, finding interesting, available single women can be difficult.In most of the western world, sex-ratios run about even.As many women as men are born, and just about as many survive into adulthood. Meredith collects data to deliver the best content, services, and personalized digital ads.We partner with third party advertisers, who may use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on sites and applications across devices, both on our sites and across the Internet.
Women apparently value intelligence in a mate—or perhaps the socio-economic rewards for intelligence—more than men do.