Men Drive Sports Cars to Attract Women: Study

By Reva Hicks
|  Friday, Jun 17, 2011  |  Updated 3:11 PM PDT
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Men Drive Sports Cars to Attract Women: Study

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A new study shows a man's sports car sends some serious mating signals.

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California has all sorts of Porsche clubs all up and down the state.

All that "Porsche passion" has not gone unnoticed.

According to a new research study, men drive fancy sports cars to attract women.

Researchers looked into the signals people send out by their spending behavior. They found men flaunted flashy things, such as Porches, to get a date. And, they were interested in sex and not a committed relationship.

It's seems women were on to men's true intentions. The women studied did not spend money excessively to attract men. They also think big spenders are more desirable as dates than marriage material.

"Most women are not looking for a fun, fast time, but apparently they do find a man with a Porsche to be more desirable as a date so maybe he appears to be more fun," said study co-author, Jill Sundie.

The study was done by researchers at Rice University, the University of Texas-San Antonio and University of Minnesota.

The full title of their report is "Peacocks, Porsches and Thorstein Veblen: Conspicuous Consumption as a Sexual Signaling System." Thorstein, an American economist and sociologist, coined the term "conspicuous consumption."

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