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On average, yes, that's true. But there are plenty of individual exceptions where someone chooses a partner who may APPEAR to be below their "level" but that person gives them something that THEY find important - even if outsiders looking in don't understand what that is.
The exceptions don't invalidate the rule, though.
It's always true that individual people will assign "attractiveness value" to another person differently than someone else will - but it's also true that the majority of us can easily grasp the concept of an "average" value that society as a whole would put on someone.
Someone who has higher "value" has more options in the "marketplace" - and can (and usually will) have higher standards and still achieve them. Someone who has lower value will have fewer options, and if they try to hold the same standards, they're likely to be unsuccessful at finding a partner - so they'll either be alone or they'll have to lower their standards until they are more-or-less at the same level as their own value.
This really can't be a new concept to anyone...5