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Men take bigger risks for love

sex and relationships Updated: Feb 14, 2013 15:54 IST
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A new study finds that when given a romantic opportunity, men are willing to take big risks to get attention from the opposite sex.

Researchers from the University of Innsbruck, Austria; John Moores University, UK; and the University of Regensburg, Germany, conducted three separate experiments on university students to measure their willingness to take risks.

While the researchers say that men have inherited this willingness to face dangers for women from our ancestors, the modern-day man is more willing to brave unprotected sex, gambling, and reckless driving, all for the sake of an attractive woman. Yet the researchers note that while men may perceive a benefit to the risk in the short term, the consequences can be dire.

Prior research has found that men are already more inclined to the aforementioned risks than women, but the new research shows that they enhance their risk taking proclivities when a romantic element is introduced. Meanwhile, women showed no increased desire to take unnecessary risks.