What do women want in a sperm donor? You may be surprised

A study inquiring into how women choose sperm donors online has revealed that men who are intellectual, shy, calm and methodical are selected to produce more children than those who are extroverted.

The study, “Determinants of Online Sperm Donor Success: How Women Choose,” by Stephen Whyte and Professor Benno Torgler from Queensland University of Technology in Australia, has been published by the international journal Applied Economics Letters.

The participants were between ages 23 and 66 and were from Australia, Canada, the U.K., Italy, Sweden and the U.S.A. Data was collected in 2012 and 2013 via online surveys of regulated (paid), semi-regulated and unregulated (free) online sperm donation forums and websites.

“Worldwide demand for sperm donors is so great an informal online market has emerged in which offspring are being produced outside of the more formal fertility clinic setting,” said Whyte. “You would expect in an online setting, men would have to sell or promote themselves to women, and extroverted men should be better at doing that. But what we find is actually the opposite. Women were far less likely to choose the sperm of fretful or socially awkward men, but at the same time those with lively, extroverted personalities were also less successful in being chosen.”

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