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Table 3 Desired Partner Attributes between the online and offline sample, within each gender

From: The mediation of matchmaking: a comparative study of gender and generational preference in online dating websites and offline blind date markets in Chengdu

  Male p value Female p value
Online (n = 250) Offline (Parents) (n = 31) Online (n = 250) Offline (Parents) (n = 127)
Min Age
Mean (SD) − 11.1 (6.08) − 5.71 (2.29) < 0.001 − 2.46 (3.65) 0.353 (2.37) < 0.001
Median [Min, Max] − 11.0 [− 30.0, 5.00] − 5.00 [− 8.00, − 3.00] − 2.00 [− 18.0, 11.0] 0.00 [− 8.00, 7.00]
Unspecified 2 (0.8%) 24 (77.4%) 0 (0%) 76 (59.8%)
Max Age
Mean (SD) 1.92 (7.04) − 2.85 (3.00) < 0.001 12.2 (4.58) 4.92 (2.39) < 0.001
Median [Min, Max] 2.00 [− 20.0, 67.0] − 2.00 [− 9.00, 1.00] 12.0 [− 1.00, 33.0] 5.00 [0.00, 12.0]
Unspecified 2 (0.8%) 4 (12.9%) 1 (0.4%) 7 (5.5%)
Min Height
Mean (SD) − 17.1 (5.77) − 14.2 (3.64) 0.005 10.8 (5.07) 9.18 (3.23) 0.002
Median [Min, Max] − 17.8 [− 30.5, − 2.54] − 15.0 [− 24.0, − 8.00] 10.2 [− 10.2, 25.4] 10.0 [0.00, 20.0]
Unspecified 171 (68.4%) 7 (22.6%) 108 (43.2%) 16 (12.6%)
Max Height
Mean (SD) − 0.943 (7.85) − 10.5 (0.707) < 0.001 26.3 (6.48) 14.0 (NA) NA
Median [Min, Max] − 2.54 [− 12.7, 45.7] − 10.5 [− 11.0, − 10.0] 25.4 [10.2, 45.7] 14.0 [14.0, 14.0]
Unspecified 180 (72.0%) 29 (93.5%) 143 (57.2%) 126 (99.2%)
Min Educ
Specify Higher Partner Educ 0 (0%) 0 (0%) < 0.001 22 (8.8%) 2 (1.6%) < 0.001
Specify Lower Partner Educ 32 (12.8%) 3 (9.7%) 40 (16.0%) 19 (15.0%)
Specify Same Partner Educ 20 (8.0%) 10 (32.3%) 74 (29.6%) 62 (48.8%)
Unspecified Own Educ 10 (4.0%) 4 (12.9%) 0 (0%) 12 (9.4%)
Unspecified Partner Educ 188 (75.2%) 14 (45.2%) 114 (45.6%) 32 (25.2%)