Are celebrity stalkers more likely to be male or female?

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Martin Brüne conducted a study to explore sex differences in erotomania. Specifically, he theorized that sex-specific evolutionary-based mating preferences should be evident in the manifestations of erotomania. In order to test his ideas, he analyzed 246 global cases of erotomania and coded the cases on a wide range of variables including the incidence of male and female sufferers, and the characteristics of the sufferers and their targets (e.g., their age, social status, physical attractiveness, etc.). Here are some of the key statistically significant findings:

1. An overwhelming majority of sufferers were women (69.1%).

2. For female erotomaniacs, their “love” targets were older than them whereas for male erotomaniacs theirs were younger than them.

3. Female erotomaniacs were much more likely to have a “love” target of high social status.

4. Male erotomaniacs were much more likely to have “love” targets who were sexually attractive.

This is from the very interesting blog of Gad Saad. Saad’s book is here.

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