“This study is the first to show that altruism may translate into real mating success in Western populations, that altruists have more mates than non-altruists,” said Professor Pat Barclay in Psychology at the University of Guelph who worked on the study with lead author Prof. Steven Arnocky from Nipissing.
The researchers interviewed about 800 people regarding their relationships and propensity for helping others, including giving to charity, donating blood, helping strangers cross the street, donating winnings and helping classmates, among other things.
Even after controlling for age and personality, altruists were found to have greater success at dating and sex.
The study was published recently in the British Journal of Psychology.
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