Women looking for a short-term fling are more likely to be drawn to Women looking for a short-term fling are more likely to be drawn to men like Gerard Butler, Johnny Depp and David Beckham than Adam Levine or Jake Gyllenhaal, according to the findings of a recent study.
After observing more than 150 men and women ages 18 to 32 over the course of several speed dating events, researchers found that men with wider faces were rated as more attractive and dominant among the female participants.
On the flipside, because a wider face has also been linked to negative traits like aggression, the study hypothesizes that women are less likely to consider the same men suitable candidates for long-term relationships.
"Our study shows that within three minutes of meeting in real life, women find more dominant, wider-faced men attractive for short-term relationships, and want to go on another date with them," said lead author Katherine Valentine of Singapore Management University.
For their research, scientists observed the three-minute interactions between men and women participating in the speed dating events.
Computer software was used to measure the men's facial width. The wider-faced men were also rated as more dominant in an independent survey.
The findings were published in the latest issue of Psychological Science.
Meanwhile, the same could be said for male preferences. Researchers from the University of Stirling and the University of Glasgow found that men in relationships prefer women with more feminine features when looking for a fling. The findings were published the British Journal of Psychology.
Previous research has also shown that men with larger faces -- associated with higher levels of testosterone -- are seen as more aggressive, less trustworthy and more selfish than men with slimmer face structure.
Last fall, another study out of the University of California, Riverside, found that men with wider faces can even provoke others to act more selfishly.