Faculty: What Do Girls See in “Boybands”?

From: De Volkskrant (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Volkskrant Science Editor Maarten Keulemans explains [translated from the original in Dutch] why so many girls are screaming for boy bands like One Direction: “Evolutionary biologists like Geoffrey Miller (famous for his book The Mating Mind) and David Buss (The Evolution of Human Mating) believe that boy bands are young men showcasing their fitness by dancing and singing, much as male birds attract mates… [Others believe that] for girls at the beginning of puberty, a boy band [allows them] to experiment with romantic love, without sex…

“Researchers Tim Kasser and Yuna Engle from Knox College in Illinois wrote in the Journal of Adolescent Research that… the worship of boy bands is a ‘rite of passage for adolescents [that] involves important matters, as young women develop their value systems and interpersonal relationships’…” Read more…