January 4, 2005

One Big Problem For Brainy Women

"Maybe we haven't evolved as much as we thought. A high IQ is apparently a hindrance for women who want to get married, although it is an asset for men who are looking for a wife, according to a study by four British universities that was published in London's Sunday Times newspaper.

The AFP news service reports that the study of 900 men and women between ages 10 and 40 conducted by the universities of Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, and Glasgow found that the likelihood of marriage increased by 35 percent for men for each 16-point increase in IQ. However, for women, there was a 40 percent drop in the likelihood of marriage for each 16-point increase in IQ.

Interestingly, it may not be that men are spurning smart women. Instead, women are rejecting the men. "Women in their late 30s who have gone for careers after the first flush of university and who are among the brightest of their generation are finding that men are just not interesting enough," said psychologist and professor at Nottingham University Paul Brown in The Sunday Times. Others speculate that smart men are seeking women who are more interested in staying at home than pursuing careers."

compuserve.com Posted by Martin Sewell at January 4, 2005 2:16 AM | TrackBack