The debate over mating is an ongoing one and is a source of considerable controversy. However, most people do seek a mate for emotional connection. Although the exact reason for mating is not yet clear, research conducted by scientists ranging from demographers to biologists, psychologists and sociologists reveals a complex web of factors that impact mating. Here are three important facts that may help you better understand mating. 1. Does mating affect our lifespan?
Firstly, females are choosier in choosing their mates than males. Females tend to spend more time in collecting gametes than males do, so they may prefer certain males for specific reasons. The characteristics of these mate preferences are referred to as “good genes” and “good parenting.” Males are also regarded as having the resources to support their offspring during their growth and development. Despite these differences, females are more selective in mating than their male counterparts.
Secondly, mating behavior may be concealed to avoid predation. The attention of dominant individuals during mating can make the individual vulnerable to attack. This might be why male-to-male cooperation is important, as dominant individuals tend to avoid mate competition. In Canidae, the ‘copulatory tie’ prevents one individual from separating from the other during mating. In some species, mating is not concealed at all, but they may still hide their mating behaviour when conspecifics are close to them.