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Guys, take note: Women take more seriously the men who keep a full beard

sex-and-relationships Updated: Sep 13, 2016 15:46 IST
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Women tend to find beards attractive when judging men for long-term relationships, perhaps as a signal of formidability among them and the potential to provide them benefits, finds a new study. (Shutterstock)

If you are a guy who’s been wanting to get into a long-term relationship or wants to take the one you’re currently in to a more serious level, keeping a full beard might be a great idea, say scientists.

They claim that women find men who wear full beards more desirable for long-term relationships.

Women tend to find beards attractive when judging long-term relationships, perhaps as a signal of formidability among males and the potential to provide direct benefits, such as enhanced fertility and survival, to females, the study said.

“Results showed a significant interaction between beardedness and masculinity on attractiveness ratings,” the study said.

For the study, Barnaby Dixson from University of Queensland in Australia and his colleagues used computer graphic manipulation to morph male faces varying in facial hair from clean-shaven, light stubble, heavy stubble, and full beards, with additional differences in brow ridge, cheekbones, jawline, and other features so that the same man appeared more or less masculine.

Stubble was judged as most attractive overall and received higher ratings for short-term relationships than full beards, which were more attractive for long-term relationships.

Extremely masculine and extremely feminine-looking males were least attractive, irrespective of relationship context, the study, published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, showed.

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

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