Mating intelligence, similar to emotional intelligence and general I.Q., is based on the idea that people either know how to look for – or possess – certain traits that will make them successful in the mating game. Much attention is given to sexually attractive physical traits of both men and women, but other non-physical traits, such as humor, intelligence, and creativity, are important too, and some scientists think that creativity, for instance, may have developed as a mating strategy. According to researchers, “from an evolutionary perspective, all adaptations are adaptations because they gave our ancestors reproductive advantages.” This means that an adaptation like humor, let's say, gave our ancestors an evolutionary mating advantage. And this is confirmed today across many cultures, too. One study in the late 1980s, a study that surveyed people across 37 cultures, revealed that intelligence was the “second-most-desired trait in sexual partners, right behind kindness.” Interestingly, what's more, researchers have found that “intelligent and creative individuals are considered more attractive, and have a higher number of sexual partners.” Is it any wonder, then, that males, according to researchers, produce at least 10 times more music than females and are most productive around the age of 30 (when men are at their sexual peak)? A downside exists, however. Researchers note that creative projects can take time away from mating and child rearing. Also, creative/intelligent types also possess other, less desirable traits, such as being dominant or hostile, being less conventional and contentious, and are ambitious, driven, and impulsive. Mating intelligence at a glance: • Confidence, kindness, creativity, intelligence, resourcefulness, status, humor, and mental health are considered successful dating traits. • Male dating intelligence is predicted to be more honed toward using short-term sexual strategies. • Female dating intelligence is predicted to be more honed toward using long-term opportunities. Moreover, as researchers have pointed out, birth control has made it nearly impossible to study modern mating strategies from a completely evolutionary perspective because successful traits are not passed on to the next generation. So, how does one define mating success? Mating success for men, put crudely, is – according to researchers – about having as much sex as possible with as many attractive women as they can. For girls, however, the aims are different. Research has shown that women want multiple men to “spend high amounts of money on gifts for them.” Physical traits are important in the dating game, too, traits like strength and athleticism, virility and good looks. But psychological traits – kindness and intelligence, creativity and confidence – are just as vital when trying to attract a mate. Finally, things like storytelling, art, music, sports, dance, humor, kindness, and leadership are, put simply, good ways to attract mates.