11 qualities in men women find attractive, according to science

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  • Romantic attraction is one of the universe’s greatest mysteries.

  • 11 found Traits backed by science I think women who are attracted to men are irresistible.

  • Note that these types of studies are often small, rely on self-reported emotions, and are not very diverse.

Good looks can be a factor, but it’s not as important as you might think.

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research from evolutionary psychology and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Women usually choose good-looking men rather than long-term relationships.

A sense of humor is important for women.

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Scientists have found that a sense of humor makes men appear more intelligent. intelligence When personal relationship.

Helping others is a desirable trait in men.

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For long-term relationships, women tend to prefer altruistic men who are kind and do good deeds. Journal of Social Psychology.

another study from 2019 A survey of 68,000 people in 180 countries found that 88.9% of women consider “kindness” to be a very important trait in a partner.

According to science, women tend to prefer men surrounded by flashy things.

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In a study from British Journal of Psychology When Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, Women chose men to pose in front of expensive cars and apartments.

Women may like dating older men.

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According to a study in , women may prefer older men because they had time to accumulate more resources. evolutionary psychology.

Whether a woman wears a beard or is clean-shaven is up to a woman’s personal preference.


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Facial hair was attractive and repellent in the study, so the trait was likely based on preference, study says behavioral ecology concluded.

Do what you want with your face. You will attract the right mate.

Women may want men more if men are not available.

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Older research concluded that people like others when they like them, but modern research suggests that “hard to get” can be an effective tactic. I know psychology and the Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Canine companions may attract females.

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Small studies have shown that men who own dogs are more compatible with women. Journal of Human-Animal Interactions When Journal of Evolutionary Psychology.

Scientific research shows that Zen and being mindful are attractive qualities.

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in one speed dating experimentwomen were more attracted to men who were attentive—present, attentive, and non-judgmental.

A man in red may be more desirable to a woman.

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A study found that women around the world find men more attractive when they wear red. Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Risk takers tend to attract women.

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Women have appreciated men who take heroic and sometimes primitive risks. These include saving people’s lives, searching for food, and playing with fire. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

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