Some of these discoveries can surprise people who think that women are only drawn to men with fit bodies and a nice smile.
1. A career in one of the most “right-swiped” jobs
It’s not a surprise that your job choice can influence your love life. The dating app Tinder knows that more than others. It revealed a list of the most right-swiped jobs. For those who are not in the know, “right-swipes” is a term used to express interest in someone.
This list contains the 15 hottest jobs around the world for men and women. Some findings can be rather expected and stereotypical. For example, old cliches about attractive men in uniforms, like pilots or firefighters. Entrepreneurs, doctors, and TV/radio personalities also make the top five.
2. Owning a dog
Ruppin Academic Center in Israel and the University of Michigan conducted an experiment where they studied how dog ownership improves male attractiveness for short- and long-term relationships.
They took 2 experimental groups of men. The first group was called “cads.” They were unfaithful and got into fights with their partner. The other group was described as “dads,” who worked hard and took care of kids.
Despite the fact that cads were cheaters, dog ownership helped them seem to be potential long-term partners. Women found cads with dogs to be even more attractive than even dads with dogs. Taking care of a dog can help a man appear more happy and relaxed and sends a signal about his readiness for long-term commitments.
3. Wearing a T-shirt with the letter T
There is a surprising discovery found by Nottingham Trent University that one trick on your simplest piece of clothing can help you grab ladies’ attention. This time researchers claim that wearing a white T-shirt with a large black letter T printed on the front can make a man up to 12% more appealing to women.
The effect of increasing attractiveness to the opposite sex is explained by an illusion that this drawing creates. It makes the shoulders look wider and the waist look slimmer. It creates a sign of masculinity for females — a V-shaped body. What’s important to mention is that the best results were gained by men with a waist as wide as their shoulders. From now on, there’s no need to look for expensive designer clothes — a simple T-shirt trick can help you win a woman’s heart.
4. George Clooney effect
A scientific study suggested that women prefer older men. It is explained by the fact that female look for financially independent and handsome partners who can provide for them. As a man ages, he has more opportunities to increase his status and resources. Some psychologists call it the “George Clooney Effect.”
It gives a woman more confidence in her choice when she sees a successful, powerful, and older man. The study suggests that as ladies become more financially independent, they become even more attracted to older men.
5. Playing hard to get
A study published in Psychological Science showed that playing hard-to-get can benefit you in romantic relationships. It says that uncertainty in male actions about whether he really likes a woman or not makes her really interested in him. She can’t get a guy out of her head if she doesn’t know how strongly he feels about her.
So creating some mystery at the beginning of your relationships can heat them up.
6. Staying reserved
According to a study from the University of British Columbia, women find brooding and swaggering men more attractive. The surveyed females said that they preferred men who looked powerful, proud, or moody. They rated happiness as the least attractive quality. It proves one of the most famous gender stereotypes that girls drawn to “bad boys.”
The research was based on first impressions. It means that it doesn’t make a suggestion of whether the silent, brooding type is more likely to become a good boyfriend or husband.
7. Deep sleepy voice
Scientists have done some digging to find out about auditory preferences. A study tried to understand what voices seem more attractive. It resulted in women rating deep male voices as more enticing.
The explanation given by scientists is quite simple. They say it is based on body size. Men find high-pitched female voices more attractive because they receive a signal that the speaker has a small body. Women choose deep male voices because they indicate that the owner has a large frame.
There is one more crucial trait: “breathiness.” A breathy and sleepy voice is preferred by ladies because it seems less aggressive and angry.
8. Wearing red
An experiment carried out by scientists found that women are more attracted to men wearing red. They compared physical attraction of men in red, green, gray, and blue.
The red color carries an amative meaning in the context of male-female interaction. People from different cultures around the world link this color to passion and love. The research also mentions associations of this color with power and strength. It is a symbol of authority and high status.
Red has a great influence on female perceptions and desires because it also helps a man feel more self-assured.
9. Photos with a high-status context
A study conducted by the University of Wales Institute showed that men can enhance opposite-sex attraction simply by the manipulation of status. It revealed the fact that the same person expressing identical facial expressions and wearing the same outfit can grab more female attraction by simply posing near a nice car.
Another study by Cardiff Metropolitan University also proved the importance of financial success for women. This time researchers used the illusion of status-linked apartment ownership to make the point. The males pictured in a luxury apartment were rated higher than the same models in a standard apartment.
Interestingly, men don’t seem to be influenced by high-status in female attractiveness judgments.
Romantiс relationships are a complicated thing to understand. Throughout the years, scientists have tried to find out why some people are more attracted to someone as opposed to someone else. Some of their discoveries are really surprising, which is why it’s so interesting to see the results of their work.