In the present study we sampled 208 college students in an attempt to explore participants' understanding of the definition of and attitudes toward romance. As a concise definition of romance is virtually absent in the literature, based on our analysis of scientific and layperson construal of romance, we define it as an orientation toward a partner whereby 1 expresses love, caring, and sexuality to facilitate and solidify commitment. Of interest to the authors, men's and women's definitions of romance were similar, and they placed equal importance on romance in a committed relationship. However, men considered themselves to be less romantic than did women, and men considered romance to a means to sexual access more than did women. This evidence suggests that men, acknowledging its importance, may be just "playing the game" of romance to gain sexual access. These results can be interpreted through an evolutionary psychological framework vis-à-vis the fundamental reproductive differences between the sexes.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Psychology
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology