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They may look at the situation as having more options present that are more appealing.At the same time, if the relationship is strong, they may value the relationship more because they are passing up on these opportunities in order to remain in the relationship.The participant usually chose the person rated as most attractive; however, the study has very flawed ecological validity as the relationship was certain, and in real life people wouldn't be certain hence are still more likely to choose someone of equal attractiveness to avoid possible rejection.
If the partnership is weak, an individual may devalue it if they have many friends of the opposite sex who are more attractive.
This is often researched in the form of physical attraction.
It is also similar to some of the theorems outlined in Uncertainty Reduction Theory, from the post-positivist discipline of communication studies.
Murstein also found evidence that supported the matching hypothesis.
Photos of 197 couples in various statuses of relationship (from casually dating to married), were rated in terms of attractiveness by eight judges. The judges did not know which photographs went together within romantic partnerships.
Walster and Walster ran a follow up to the Computer Dance, but instead allowed participants to meet beforehand in order to give them greater chance to interact and think about their ideal qualities in a partner.