Another caveat is that the mate-copying effect was more pronounced in the younger than in the older female participants, presumably because naively copying other women’s mating choices becomes less adaptive over time than decisions based on one’s firsthand experiences with men, including mistakes. And here’s another important point to emerge from the study: men depicted as currently in a romantic relationship weren’t particularly attractive to the female judges, even if these men also had a (less-than-promiscuous but more than absent) precedent with other women. To the authors, this was evidence that mate copying is different from mate poaching (basically, stealing another woman’s man—think “homewrecker”). “Men currently in a romantic relationship may be simultaneously seen as desirable, because of the approval they have been given by at least one female partner (mate copying), and undesirable because of the difficulty in securing them as a partner (mate poaching). The latter effect could negate the former,” suggest the authors.