D., associate professor of psychology at University of Texas at Austin and co-founder of Science Of But if you’re looking for long-term love, stay away.“Dating a few people casually may make you more likely to convey the idea that you’re not desperate,” says Paul Eastwick, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Texas A&M University.If he really likes you, his competitive nature will kick in and he will want to have you all to himself.
I was never comfortable playing the field by dating two guys at a time — I felt sneaky and unethical.
(Oh, how familiar that scenario sounds…)When that guy broke her heart (as those types always do), her mom sent her a care package: running shoes, a Sephora gift card and “He’s Just Not That Into You,” a dating advice book based on the eponymous slogan that rose to fame on the hit HBO show, “Sex and the City,” and later turned into a megastar Hollywood film. “And I can tell.”Dating advice books might promise your very own Cinderella (or Emma) story, but they don’t always deliver.
Emma took the mantra to heart and when that guy came crawling back, she kicked him to the curb. Using three popular dating advice books, we dish out the dirt on what works and what really, really doesn’t.
Larger dating pools caused information overload, leading study participants to choose less compatible mates based on more superficial traits.
THE STUDY, EXPLAINED: Fewer Options, Better Mate Choice Experts question whether you can really assess your options when you’re juggling too many balls (har har).