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A man’s Conspicuous Spending Often Driven by Desire to Have Flings & Not a Commitment

Originally written By Mary Elizabeth Dallas, HealthDay News
20-June 2011

Men who drive Porsches or flaunt other flashy possessions are usually not the “marrying kind,” a new study suggests.

Researchers from Rice University, the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA), and the University of Minnesota found that conspicuous spending by men is often driven by the desire to have uncommitted romantic flings. They also pointed out that although flashy spending may get a woman’s attention, she won’t be picking out china patterns any time soon.

“This research suggests that conspicuous products, such as Porsches, can serve the same function for some men that large and brilliant feathers serve for peacocks,” study author Jill Sundie, an assistant professor of marketing at UTSA, said in a news release from Rice University.

Just as peacocks flaunt their brightly colored tails to attract potential mates, certain men show off flashy products, like brightly colored sports cars, to draw the attention of women, the study found. The researchers also indicated that the men who pursued this strategy were only interested in short-term sexual relationships with women.
In analyzing more than 1,000 men, researchers revealed that being in possession of a Porsche or another flashy luxury product did make a man more desirable to women than owning a non-luxury item, such as a Honda Civic. The attraction however, ended there.

While women who did find a man who drove a Porsche more attractive as a date, she did not find him more desirable as a marriage partner for a long-term committed relationship, the study authors explained.

In fact, researchers found that women inferred from men’s flashy spending that they were only interested in uncommitted sex.

“When women considered him for a long-term relationship, owning the sports car held no advantage relative to owning an economy car,” study co-author Daniel Beal, an assistant professor of psychology at Rice University, said in the news release. “People may feel that owning flashy things makes them more attractive as a relationship partner, but in truth, many men might be sending women the wrong message.”

The study authors suggested that when it comes to attracting potential dates, women do not share men’s conspicuous spending habits.

“Obviously, women also spend plenty of money on expensive things,” added Sundie. “But the anticipation of romance doesn’t trigger flashy spending as it does with some men.”

Spotted Dick Tastes Good!!

Hmm! Yummy! [licking my fingers]

So, Guy (my British beau), reminded me that Spotted Dick is a popular UK dessert and not only that, but I’ve eaten it and enjoyed it while there. I have apparently tasted and liked this Spotted Dick (surely you are not surprised?) and what’s up with the British and their Freudian food names, “Bangers and Mash,” (mashed potatoes & a long sausage), Fish & Chips (I’ll leave that one to your imagination), “Toad in the Hole” (there’s no toad involved in this, its gravy, mashed potatoes, sausages and baked bread).

Here is some background on Spotted Dick:

Spotted dick is a steamed suet pudding containing dried fruit (usually currants) commonly served with custard. Spotted refers to the dried fruit (which resemble spots) and dick may be a contraction or corruption of the word pudding (from the last syllable) or possibly a corruption of the word dough[1] or dog, as “spotted dog” is another name for the same dish with the use of plums rather than currants. Another explanation offered for the word “dick” is that it comes from the German word for “thick” or dick.

Okay so Spotted Dick I’ll say requires an acquired taste just as its name takes some getting used to. But be adventurous and try it, you may find that you enjoy some Spotted Dick. Fellas, you might not want to ever admit this!

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