Sexier sex lives

Published on Sep 25, 2004 06:40 PM IST

People with attractive voices are likely to be more sexually adventurous than others, says a study.

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PTI | ByAsian News International, London

A new study carried out by a research team at the University of Albamy has revealed that people with attractive voices are likely to be more sexually adventurous than others.

The researchers got 149 men and women to rate the attractiveness of a series of recorded voices and found that the most appealing voices belonged to people who had sex at an earlier age, had more sexual partners and were more prone to infidelity.

The study also revealed that there was a link between the attractiveness of the voice and body. Men with broad shoulders and narrow hips, which are related to testosterone and growth, tended to have most attractive voices, while in women, voice attractiveness, which was rated between one and 10 in the study, was linked to narrow waist and broad hips.

"In short, ratings of voice attractiveness are correlated with promiscuity in both men and women," the BBC quoted Gordon Gallup, co-author of the study, as saying.

"When the phone rings, even though you may not know the person at the other end of the line, as soon as they speak you usually know whether you are talking to a male or female, and a child or adult.

In other words, the sound of a person's voice conveys information about the biological status of the speaker. Our research shows that voice might be a medium that also conveys subtle information about sexual behaviour and body configuration," added Gallup.

The report said that one theory to explain the findings was that prior to the development of artificial lighting, people used to rely more on voice at night as a means of discerning sex appeal.

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