Who’s Hot and Who’s Not: Men Agree More Often Than Women

June 27, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A new study found that men as a group agreed more often on the attractiveness of specific photos of the opposite sex than woman as a group do. Predictably, men rated photos of women attractive, who appeared thin and seductive.

However, women had widely varying ideas of what men they found attractive, suggesting that women look beyond physical appearance in choosing their partners.

Researchers from Wake Forest University and Queens College showed photos of men and women, ages 18-25, to 4,000 participants, asking them to rate each photo for attractiveness based on a 10-point scale ranging from “not at all” to “very.”

The research team pre-judged the photos, sorting them into certain categories, such as seductive, curvaceous, thin, confident and sensitive for woman, and muscular, masculine/feminine, well groomed, classy and traditional for men.

The men as a group awarded high ratings to photos of women who appeared, thin, seductive and confident. The woman as a group showed some preference for photos of men who generally appeared thin and muscular, but that’s where the consensus ended.

Photos of men some women rated very high on the attractiveness scale, other women rated very low. These disparities were not shown in the male testing group.

The results of the study point to a link to the rise in eating disorders in women, as they strive to appear attractive to men.

Men on the other hand, don’t feel the pressure to conform as much to a certain physical standard to appear attractive to women, because many women look beyond physical qualities when choosing a mate.

The researchers suggest it’s the law of the jungle in the dating world, as men as a group are all competing for the same standard in female attractiveness. As a result, men invest more time and energy in holding on to their female partners and guarding against advances from other potential suitors.

The study is available in the June issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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