10 easy ways to attract girls
We all know the stereotype about the older man and the younger woman. According to a zoologist named Stephen Proulx, that stereotype has its basis in the animal kingdom. From there, it traveled the lines evolution to land squarely in the contemporary human heart.
Basically, Proulx’s argument goes like this: In nature, males don’t tend to live that long. If you’re a female deer and you meet a majestic, elderly stag with a full head of antlers, odds are that potential mate is packing some healthy genes.
At the dawn of humanity, males didn’t live much past their twenties. If women encountered a healthy male specimen who managed to beat the odds, their evolutionary psychology might push them toward attraction. It’s all about the genes.
However, this trick doesn’t work for every male of any species. You can’t just be old. You also have to be sort of fit. “If males can display ostentatiously at that age, then they really have to have something going for them,” Proulx told The Observer.
It may not be a bad idea to spring for that gym membership.
Play an instrument.
Just make sure it is not the drums. Nobody wants to date the drummer. We’re kidding, of course. Or are we? The only scientific evidence we could come up with is a 2014 article published in the journal Psychology of Music.
The method of the study “Men’s music ability and attractiveness to women in a real-life courtship context” reads a lot like the script of a poor internet “prank” video.
Researchers planted a young (presumably handsome) guy in the street. He asked out 300 random women. In fact, he did this three times. The first time, he was empty handed. The second time he held a sports bag. The third time, he hauled around a guitar case.
Guess which accessory scored the guy the most phone numbers? Yep, it was the guitar. Researchers have yet to repeat the study with a guy carrying drumsticks, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the results would differ.
Forget the razor for a while (but not too long).
Here’s some good news for those hipsters: Women really do love beards. Facial hair is seen as a sign of maturity and masculinity, and unsurprisingly, a decent beard can help you to get a date.
But don’t throw away your razor just yet. A study published in Evolution and Human Behavior showed that women prefer “heavy stubble” to a full beard. Researchers asked men and women to judge the health, masculinity, and parenting abilities of photos of men with varying amounts of facial hair.
However, women rated men with full beards as better parents than men with light beards.
“[Our findings] suggest that an intermediate level of beardedness is most attractive,” the authors write, “while full-bearded men might be perceived as better dads who could protect and invest in offspring”