Some men think physical appearance is the only thing that matters to the opposite sex. Others think it's about having a thick wallet.
But according to a video posted by British online newspaper The Independent on June 12, there are nine attitude adjustments and fixes to make you more appealing to women. Among these are being funny, personable, and generally, not being an ass.
While the video was interesting, it didn't fully expound on its concepts. Like you, we wanted more details so we searched for studies to back up their claim. Read on!
1) Be funny
According to a study conducted at an American university, humor is a key factor in human "sexual selection," with women appearing to be more attracted to men who make them laugh. It reads: "A good sense of humor is one of the most sought out characteristics in a romantic partner. The use of jokes allows a person to show their personality immediately, which could then be used to gauge compatibility."
2) Surround yourself with friends
According to a study from the University of California, people look better when they're in a group than in isolation. This is called the Cheerleader Effect. The effect is such that when people look at you within your group, their visual system computes the average attractiveness of the group. You are then judged by that average attractiveness rating ascribed to the group. Basically: Hang out with good-looking people and people will start to look at you more too.
The researchers tested this hypothesis in five different experiments, where people rated the attractiveness of faces presented both alone and in a group with the same gender, and results proved that the individual received higher attractiveness ratings while in a group.
3) Skip the small talk
In a study conducted in 1997 and published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, lead researcher Arthur Aron separated two groups of people and paired them off, giving each duo 45 minutes to answer a set of questions. One question set was small talk and the other was increasingly probing. He found out that people who asked deeper questions felt more connected.
4) Be a leader
According to a 2014 study, people think that the group's leader is more attractive than anyone else in the group. Likewise, a CEO in a company is more appealing compared to the people outside the company. Author Kevin Kniffin and his colleagues said: "In contrast with research traditions that treat physical attractiveness as a static trait, our findings highlight the importance of group membership as a lens for perceiving familiar leaders' physical attractiveness."
5) Smile more
A study published in Wiley Online Library shows that smiling can make you more desirable to those you smile at. The researchers also found out that the facial expression "attributed greater degrees of sincerity, sociability, and competence." They came up with the conclusion after manipulating faces with computer graphics software and recording the different reactions to those. Participants preferred the more smiling face althought the task was to choose the more objectively attractive face.
6) Own a dog
Getting the attention of a woman is easier if you have a four legged friend, according to this study. The researchers surveyed 1,210 Match.com users about "the role of a pet in dating and romance." The ladies said they were likely to judge their date based on how they reacted to the dog. The study explained, "It also could be that, because pets so often are considered family members, seeing how a potential mate responds toward a pet can be viewed as a predictor of how he would treat a mate and, in the future, children."
7) Be nice
If you play nice, it's a major plus to women. A study entitled: "Personality manipulations: Do they modulate facial attractiveness ratings?" found that when people hear about how nice somebody is, they find their faces more attractive.
"We find that 'what is good is beautiful,' with personality reflecting desired traits as facial attractiveness," the study read. On the other hand, a negative personality can reduce facial attractiveness.
8) Live in a high status place
In a small study in which a man was photographed with a casual posture in a "high-status" luxury apartment and a "neutral-status" standard apartment context, the high-status man received higher attractiveness rating from a group of 35 female undergraduates. The researchers say there is an evolutionary element at work: men of high status appear more capable of taking care of a family, making them more attractive.
9) Play good music
Researchers surveyed 1,500 women with an average age of 28 and asked them to listen to simple and complex pieces of music, and rate the attractiveness of the composer. Result of the study shows that women prefer complex music.
"The ability to create complex music could be indicative of advanced cognitive abilities." Benjamin Charlton, one of the authors of the study, continues, "Consequently, women may acquire genetic benefits for offspring by selecting musicians able to create more complex music as sexual partners."
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