Having a beard may score you a long-term relationship

Having a beard may score you a long-term relationship

A new study has found that women find bearded men to be more attractive when establishing a long-term relationship. The findings suggest that a beard may signify benefits, such as enhanced fertility and survival, to females.

The researchers used computer graphic manipulation to morph male faces varying in facial hair from clean-shaven all the way to full-bearded. The faces also varied in masculinized and feminized facial features.

Women then viewed these varying images. The researchers found that very feminine and very masculine features were least attractive. Stubble was seen as most attractive overall, especially for short-term relationships, and full beards were found more attractive for long-term relationships.

Images of men that looks very masculine or very feminine were seen as the most unattractive regardless of the type of relationship.

The authors wrote, “Sexual selection via female choice has shaped the evolution of male ornamentation in many species.”


Author Bio

Emily Lunardo studied medical sociology at York University with a strong focus on the social determinants of health and mental illness. She is a registered Zumba instructor, as well as a Canfit Pro trainer, who teaches fitness classes on a weekly basis. Emily practices healthy habits in her own life as well as helps others with their own personal health goals. Emily joined Bel Marra Health as a health writer in 2013.

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http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jeb.12958/abstract

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