Only single women were more likely to prefer partners known to be attached over clearly single partners:
Are women more interested in men who are already in a relationship? Female and male participants who were single or in a relationship viewed information about an opposite-sex other and indicated their interest in pursuing this target. Half of the participants were told that the target was single and half read that the target was currently in a relationship. The results showed that only single women were more interested in pursuing an attached target rather than a single target. We discuss how these results add to what is already known about mate poaching.
Source: “Who’s chasing whom? The impact of gender and relationship status on mate poaching” from Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Volume 45, Issue 4, July 2009, Pages 1016-1019
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