There was one deviation: Older people care less about physical attraction, professional success or the potential to make a lot of money, the study found.
“I’d like to think that’s because, after a long life, they’ve learned that both looks and money can be fleeting but it’s the emotional connection you make with someone that sustains you,” says Abby Rodman, a psychotherapist in Boston.
Slenderbodies are associated with youth as the body’s metabolism slows as one grows older and, as such, could represent fertility for men, Frederick adds, while women pay attention to things that enhance their survival and that of their family.
Cultural factors, of course, can greatly influence the extent of these preferences, he says.
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