Well, this is definitely good news for me! But it’s not really news, if I’m not being modest. (Wink.) But recently, it’s been very trendy for men to grow beards, and women seem kind of… Obsessed with it?
Naturally, the whole trending beards thing piqued the interest of scientists.
I mean, just imagine famous actors with and without beards…
There’s a difference, yes? Well, as VT reports, science has finally tried to find out why. A study conducted by Barnaby Dixson at the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland found – the obvious. Namely, that women are more attracted to bearded men than smooth-faced ones.
It was published as part of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, and discovered that ladies judged bearded men as being better relationship material in the long-term.
The researcher involved showing male faces with different degrees and types of facial hair to women. Specifically, to a whopping number of 8,520 women. After that, they were asked to rate the faces relative to different factors, such as how attractive they were, and whether they felt more like a partner for the short-term or the long-term.
Basically, men with big beards are husband material!
“Results showed a significant interaction between beardedness and masculinity on attractiveness ratings,” the study said. But the size of the beard played a role too, since men with larger beards were considered marriage material. Those with nary any hair, or just a stubble were written off as casual flings.
“Our findings suggest that beardedness may be attractive when judging long-term relationships as a signal of intrasexual formidability and the potential to provide direct benefits to females,” Dixsby wrote.
To simplify, it means that guys with beards possess a good mix of the feminine and the masculine in order for being good long-term partners. Being too feminine (high pitched voice, no facial hair) or too masculine (following conventional male trends such as always being clean shaven) is a minus with the ladies. What they seek is an in-between, a perfect match, and chances are that men who take good care of their beard (and at least grow it) will take care of other stuff as well.
How you doin’?
In support of this, the study found that “masculine faces are judged as more attractive for short-term relationships over less masculine faces, whereas beards are judged as more attractive than clean-shaven faces for long-term relationships.”
That strong, sharp, chiseled jawline? Well, it might be good for a one night stand, but it’s “too manly” for anything long-term.
But, of course – this should all be taken with a grain of salt. We are well aware that beards don’t make, or break a person. Well… Except when they do!