London : Looks or personality; the battle between the two is a classic dating dilemma.
What is the most desirable trait in romantic partner?
The men and women who took part in the story hail from every corner of the world.
Respondents were asked to rank a list of options upon which they might that choose a romantic partner by order of importance, including: personality, intelligence, appearance, sense of humor, similar interests, and having or making money.
Across the many countries polled, personality was a top choice among men and women. However, good looks were the number one basis for choosing a romantic partner among men from Vietnam and Saudi Arabia.
In each of the 20 countries studied, women are more pro-personality than men. This difference was most pronounced in Saudi Arabia (where 79% of women ranked personality more highly than looks, compared to 52% of men, a difference of 28 points) and Egypt (83% of women compared to 55% of men, also a difference of 28 points).