Do nice guys really finish last? It's a question that men and women have been asking and re-asking themselves for decades, and it hinges on the existence of another perception — that mean guys, or the stereotypical "bad boy" finishes first.
As, the stereotype goes, get friendly with a woman, listen to her, respect her, and treat her right, and in no time she'll be complaining to you about how some jerk with a motorcycle won't return her texts.
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It'd be foolish to pretend stuff like this never happens. But is it also foolish to pretend that it's the rule? Are the leather jacket-sporting, sex-demanding, inappropriate pic-sending bad boys really the ones with all the luck?
The folks at Zoosk, one of the premiere dating sites out there today, wanted to look into the matter. Are women really shying away from guys who'll treat them right, or is that just a bunch of old-school misogynistic hogwash?
Well, thanks to data from some of Zoosk's millions of users, we have a much better idea of where things stand. Take a look:
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That's right — looks like nice guys don't have it so bad, after all. So to all you bad boys out there… looks like it's time to clean up your act.