10 Unapparent Traits Men Find Attractive About Women They Want To Date
They say beauty is only skin deep, or that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but there is no denying that first impression last. We've all made that first impression with someone new, and it's either been a positive one or a negative one at that. This one is more for the ladies, but it would be interesting to hear what the gents have to say in regards to their opinions.
Have you ever wondered what men notice first? We are going to take a look at those critical issues that men find really attractive in a woman. Although it may be pretty simple, or as far as we're concerned, it turns out that sometimes it's genuinely hard-wired within us that we don't even realize what we're actually looking for until we notice it. So let us have a closer look at this list.
10. Baby's got blue eyes
A study from the University of Tromso, in Norway, surveyed 443 people and questioned them about the hair and eye color of their partners. They also showed participants a series of photos in which one main feature of them had changed... the eye color.
They actually found that while women and brown-eyed men showed no preference over any particular eye color, blue-eyed men overwhelmingly chose blue eyes. Why, you ask?
The reason is simply genetics. The only way a child can have blue eyes is to be born to two blue-eyed parents, or two people each carry the part of the recessive gene for blue eyes.
Studies show that whether conscious or subconsciously, blue-eyed men's preference for blue-eyed women might be linked to one extra layer of paternity protection.
9. The inticing cougar
We certainly hate those gray hairs, but here's something interesting. If you have gray hair and are higher than the average age bracket, you may fall into the category of being extra appealing to men.
A joint study of psychologists from the University of St. Andres and the University of Liverpool in England say that a mature appearance is precisely what men are into.
There is a cultural norm for what's considered attractive, of course, and this is what makes movie stars so universally admired. Researches discovered how personal experiences helped shape what we find attractive.
The study found that men who were born to moms over the age of 30, were more likely to perceive older women more beautiful than when they were looking for long-term relationships.
It suggests that when looking for a long-term partner, there's something about the influence of that parent-child relationship that makes us feel secure as adults.
8. Mother's genetics
Studies have shown that parents' influence on what characteristics men find attractive goes way beyond age. Another study from the University of St. Andrews looked at a phenomenon known as imprinting.
Well, this is actually something that exists in the animal kingdom, until recently, which was unexplored in humans. The study looked a how likey men and women would be attracted to certain hair and eye color in their chosen partners.
They found for men, the best indicator of preference was the hair and eye color of their mothers. Researchers suggest that it's possible that the early connection between mother and son formed a sort of subconscious bond that suggests safety, familiarity, and comfort linked to the eye and hair color they knew first.
7. The perfect sense of humor
We all love a good laugh, but according to a study published in Evolution and Human Behavior, the sort of humor men and women find attractive, is surprisingly different.
The study found that while women valued both the ability to be funny and to appreciate the same sort of things they found amusing, men had a different take on the picture. They basically just wanted someone who's going to laugh at their jokes.
So, when it comes to long-term relationships, it's even more important for men to discover someone who appreciates their sense of humor. It also showed that funny female friends were chosen for short-term relationships or preferably, friendships.
6. The cheeky head tilt
According to a pair of Australian researchers, one thing that men often perceive to be surprisingly attractive is something straightforward that anyone can master. It's so stupid really, and you'll never guess. Ok, ok we'll tell you.
It's the right head tilt. Yes, you read correctly. Researches manipulated a series of faces to appear as if they were being viewed from different angles, and volunteers were then asked to rate the attractiveness of those faces.
They found that what men were mostly attracted to where the faces of the women tilting their heads forward enough that they were looking slightly up. When a man sees a woman leaning her head forward, looking up at him, the height difference accents traditional ideas about masculinity and femininity. Interesting!
5. The Hunter and the Huntress
Both men and women find risk-taking exciting and attractive in potential mates. This is apparently due to the attractive trait to women, and surprisingly men were also attracted to women who are adventurous or sporty.
According to a study by the University of Alaska Anchorage, men and women were both drawn to those with hunter-gatherer personality traits. No, not the Flintstones.
Risky activities similar to what our ancient ancestors would have performed, like skiing, mountain climbing, and whitewater rafting are what they find attractive.
However, it was only the age-old risks that were found attractive, where modern risks live driving without a seat belt or dabbling in drugs are definitely not attractive. We can all agree with that one!
4. That heavenly voice
While many of us may think that a husky voice would be sexier, studies have shown that men actually prefer the higher-pitched voice. According to one study done by University College London, men favored high-pitched voices because of the features, figure, and youth they associated with that tone.
But when the sound got too high, the attractiveness declined. No one wants a squeaky-toy next to them! To sum it up, in order to be attractive, a voice should be moderately high-pitched and slightly breathy, all which reportedly signaled that the speaker had a small frame.
But if your voice doesn't rate as "moderately high-pitched", don't worry! Studies from the Journal of Evolutionary Psychology show that women talking to a good-looking guy seem to speak in a higher tone without even realizing it.
3. That special time of the month
While ovulation is not exactly a trait, it's linked to things that men perceive as attractive. According to a study in the journal Hormones and Behavior, men were more likely to rate women as being the most beautiful when they were at the most fertile point in the month.
Many studies have shown that as women approach peak fertility, their voices become more higher-pitched, their body odor becomes more desirable, and their skin and lips may change color. Women may not notice all these things, but men certainly see it. These are part of the things men find attractive.
2. That curvaceous body
When you think of an hourglass figure, do you see that as the most attractive shape? It all depends, of course. According to research done by professors at the University of Texas, the shape of your waist and hips are what matter.
Professor Devendra Singh found that when women have a waist-to-hip ratio between .67 and .8, they're found to be the most attractive to men. She surveyed a few men as well to see what shape they found most attractive.
The research included everything from Miss America contestants to Playboy models. There was an overwhelming majority of men who agreed that the most attractive shape had to do with the magic calculation, no matter what their age group was.
So, when we think of Beyonce or Kate Moss, it didn't really matter how much they weighed, it was more specified on the ratio that men found most desirable.
1. Beauty on the outside as well as on the inside
While it may be easy to focus solely on the looks, studies have shown that personality plays a significant role as well. The things that are most attractive when it comes to these traits are kindness, respectfulness, and optimism because these literally make you look better.
And, if you're positive, you feel better about yourself and appear more attractive to others. One study at the University of Westminister surveyed 2,157 male students. That's a lot of students!
Anyway, they surprisingly found that there was no one specific type or shape they liked best, but when men were supplied with personality traits, they chose a wider range of body types and sizes, compared to concentrating on the physical appearance alone.
There was also another study from a group of Chinese universities who found similar results. They took both men and women and asked them to rate the attractiveness of a series of faces that were based only on appearance.
Two weeks later, the same group was given personality traits along with the looks, and positive characteristics made faces more attractive. They even gave it a name: The Halo Effect.
Wow, these certainly are surprising and interesting facts about what men find attractive! What do you think about this list? Do you agree or have your own opinions?
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