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Research has shown that attractive people can earn up to 14% more money per year than their less attractive peers. While part of this is based purely on appearance, attraction also depends on how you wear yourself, how you treat people, and the type of people you associate with.
Here are some ways to be more attractive, according to science.
(Editor’s note: since we’re talking about body types here, we wanted to be clear: every body type is perfectly fine, and different people have different preferences. These studies are about averages, so take them with them. a big grain of salt.)
1. Keep your head up.
People often see a large jawbone as a masculine characteristic, according to the wonderfully named “Facial Attractiveness: Evolutionary Research,” a review article published in 2011.
The authors note that secondary sex characteristics (such as defined cheekbones and large jaws) may show genetic strength.
Why? Well, one theory is pest resistance. Stick with us: Hormones like testosterone stimulate the development of secondary sex characteristics, and since these hormones also support a healthy immune system, strong jaws can show your potential partner that you are quite resistant to parasites. It’s also good information to drop to make a decent first impression (well, not really; save the parasite talk for the second date).
Apart from that, men who keep their chin up look away psychologically like more assertive and confident– even if they are secretly aware of themselves. It is also a more attractive position for the face as it helps define the jawline and creates a slimming effect for the neck area, so try to keep the chin up when possible.
2. Consider wearing sunglasses.
Vanessa Brown, Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, designed a study to determine why sunglasses are so awesome. Granted, she expressed it in more scientific terms, but at the end of the day she was wondering why a pair of Raybans can turn an idiot into Brad Pitt.
In any case, she found some possible explanations. Sun glasses darken the eyes (duh), which Brown says creates an air of mystery around the wearer.
“The eyes are a tremendous source of information – and vulnerability – for humans,” she said. The cup. If you’re trying to get romantic, it always pays to cultivate a sense of mystery.
Sunglasses also improve facial symmetry by masking any slight abnormalities around your eyes. For example, you may notice that one of your eyes is higher on your face or that one pupil may be slightly larger than the other; this is perfectly normal and natural, but people generally prefer symmetrical faces when choosing partners.
Finally, celebrities and models wear sunglasses frequently, so Brown thinks there are probably social factors at play. Never doubt the power of advertising when it comes to shaping our cultural ideas about what is (and isn’t) attractive.
3. Increase your adrenaline level.
Let’s say you finally landed a date with this hottie on the street. Should you go to the local cafe or buy tickets for the symphony?
If you’re really trying to make a good impression, think about something more exciting. Studies show that adrenaline works as a natural aphrodisiac, and it can even help calm your nerves in a weird way (you won’t be focused on your sympathy if your attention is elsewhere).
You might even consider extreme sport. A 2014 study from the University of Alaska found that women were more attracted to men who take “hunter-gatherer risks,” which include activities such as scuba diving, rollerblading and mountain biking. We don’t know if the old hunter-gatherers actually carried scuba tanks, but we’ll take these researchers at their word.
4. Think about androgyny.
Women want a tall, strong, manly man, right?
A 1983 study has shown that people who have a mix of masculine and feminine qualities tend to be seen as attractive. The effect goes both ways: Men tend to like tomboys, even if they prefers female faces.
If you have somewhat androgynous features, don’t hide them. By wearing that pink shirt that you actually love and showing off your sensitive side that you usually keep to yourself, you’re more honest with your potential partner (and you’ll likely benefit from a moderate boost in confidence because you won’t pretend to. do it). be someone you are not).
If you’re an ultra-masculine dude, don’t worry – we’re only talking averages here, so your big beard isn’t going to disqualify you. The body spray, however, could …
5. Don’t overdo perfume or cologne.
Body spray, colognes and perfumes all have the power to make a person more (or less) attractive. Take a look at our video below to better understand how cologne interacts with your natural scent.
6. Stop smiling (or smile a lot).
Don’t go all goth, but don’t smile either. A University of British Columbia study showed that happy guys finish last.
Participants noted pictures of men visibly showing emotion; guys who seemed happy ranked behind men who showed visible pride (much as you’d expect) and shame (somewhat unexpectedly). Granted, the study aimed to assess “gut reactions to… attraction,” so happiness might be a more endearing trait in a long-term partner.
On the other hand, men have found happy women more attractive. There are probably a host of sociological reasons for this weird phenomenon, but the bottom line is clear: if you’re male, you better start practicing your serious face.
7. Consider your facial hair carefully.
Although some women prefer a bearded man, the majority do not, according to to a study in the Oxford Journal of Behavioral Ecology.
The researchers found that most women did not find bearded men more attractive, although they assumed that bearded men had higher social status than their non-bearded brothers.
however, another study Posted in Behavioral ecology found that women’s preferences for facial hair varied with their age. Postmenopausal women gave “higher scores for all degrees of facial hair, including full beards, than premenopausal and pregnant women.”
It doesn’t mean that you should shave it all; this second study found that women in “high fertility stages” gave higher scores to men with large stubble.
If you decide to keep your facial hair, keep it well groomed. No one likes a neck beard (and shaving a cleavage is quite easy, once you understand).
8. Stay with a group.
People are more likely to be seen as attractive when they are part of a group. It is commonly referred to as the “Cheerleader effect”, for obvious (albeit slightly sexist) reasons.
Why? Well, humans tend to treat faces in groups, so we are an average of all the faces we see. A study from the University of California, San Diego asked participants to rate the attractiveness of people in solo photos, compared to photos of the same person in a group of people. Participants rated both men and women higher when examining groups of people.
If you are surrounded by attractive people, you will look more attractive. (That’s why we’re still hanging out with our army of Brad Pitt clones.) Of course, this method won’t work all the time, as you’re going to want to hang out alone with potential dates eventually.
Still, if you’re hoping to take a great photo or impress people you’ll never see again, groups are the way to go.
9. Arch your back (or work on your father’s body).
Body shape plays a role in attraction, and while genetic factors certainly play a role, you have some control.
As long as you’re healthy, you do.
To begin with, the “papa bod” appeals to many women, and it actually seems result directly from paternity according to a study by American Journal of Men’s Health. Researchers have found that new dads typically gain about three pounds of excess body fat, possibly because it’s hard to go to the gym and eat healthy when you’re fight against sleep deprivation (Hooray, newborns!).
That said, guys, don’t hesitate to maintain a higher level of fitness; women are less obsessed with body mass than men when evaluating potential mates, so as long as you’re healthy you do.
Women, you may want to arch your back. It sounds strange, but there is actually an interesting explanation for it: University of Texas study showed that men strongly prefer curved buttocks, potentially because a “45.5 degree curve from back to buttocks [allowed] ancestral women to better support, meet the needs and achieve multiple pregnancies. “
10. Get a dog.
When in doubt, use your puppy as a pickup line.
Four independent studies investigated whether men with dogs were more likely to attract others than men who did not have dogs. Participants asked for money, dropped money “accidentally”, or asked for phone numbers with and without dogs.
The results were most significant when men asked for numbers on women: Men with dogs were three times more likely to get a number than men without dogs.
Researchers believe this is the case, because owning a dog shows that you are nurturing and capable of making long-term commitments. It also makes you appear approachable, loving, and happy. Plus, who doesn’t love dogs?
11. Wear red (or not).
For many animals, red is an important color. Humans certainly fall into this category, according to one 2010 study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology.
Through a series of seven experiments, the researchers showed that women found men more attractive when these men stood against a red background and in red clothes. Interestingly, color did not influence men’s perceptions of women or other men, although a separate 2008 study has shown that men also prefer a touch of red (potentially due to social factors).
That doesn’t mean you have to throw out all your blue shirts, but if you have a hot date, a red button could give you a subconscious advantage.