Women dating less attractive men
Fisher says that women around the world signal interest with a remarkably similar sequence of expressions.As she shared at Psychology Today, it goes like this: "First the woman smiles at her admirer and lifts her eyebrows in a swift, jerky motion as she opens her eyes wide to gaze at him.Participants rated the men pictured on several traits, including attractiveness.That women said the most attractive beard length was heavy stubble. "An intermediate level of beardedness is most attractive," they add.All the couples were in their late 20s, and all had been married for less than four months, and the authors were trying to better understand how physical attractiveness impacted relationships.The study used full-body photographs to rank the attractiveness of participants on a scale of 1 to 10 and then asked the lovers questions, mostly focused on their motivation to diet and stay in shape.
Evolutionary psychologists say that younger women and older men often pair up because while fertility only lasts from puberty to menopause in women, it can extend long into midlife for many men.
"If they are much better-looking than you, you are worried about them going off and having affairs.
If they are much less attractive, you are worried that you could do better." A 2010 study from the University of Wales Institute found that men pictured with a Silver Bentley Continental GT were perceived as way more attractive than those pictures with a Red Ford Fiesta ST.
Psychologists call it the "George Clooney Effect." As 2010 study of 3,770 heterosexual adults suggested that women often prefer older men.
As the women became more financially independent, they said they liked older guys even more.
In a win for aesthetically challenged men everywhere, a new study has found that the women who are most happy in their relationships are the women who marry men perceived to be less attractive than they are.