Women Prefer Wider-Faced Men for Flings
Wider-faced men are seen as sexier flings, according to a new study.
New research suggests women perceive men with bigger faces as more dominant and more attractive for short-term relationships.
Many studies have explored whether physical dominance benefits reproduction, and whether facial width-to-height ratio predicts male dominance. Researchers note that the latest study addresses both of these topics.
"High male fWHR has previously been associated with surviving in hand-to-hand combat, aggressiveness, self-perceived power, and CEO's financial success," lead researcher Katherine Valentine of Singapore Management University said in a news release. "Our study shows it's also a reasonably good indicator of perceived dominance - not only that, it piques women's interest in a face-to-face speed-dating setting."
After studying over 150 men and women between the ages of 18 and 32 who engaged in one of several speed-dating events, researchers found that wide-faced men are seen as more dominant and more attractive.
"Our study shows that within three minutes of meeting in real life, women find more dominant, wider-faced men attractive for short-term relationships, and want to go on another date with them," explained Valentine.
The study revealed that women expressed more interest in short-term relationship with wide-faced men, and were also more likely to choose them for a second date. Researchers said the findings held true even after accounting for the men's age and independently rated attractiveness.
Perceived dominance can partly explain the link between higher facial width-to-height ratio, as measured by computer software, and greater interest in a short-term relationship, according to researchers.
"The fact that women wanted to see these men again suggests that our findings are robust - women aren't just saying they are interested, they're actually willing to be contacted by these men," said Valentine. "Previous studies have found that women prefer more dominant men for short-term relationships, but almost all of these studies were based in the lab and did not involve an interaction that could actually lead to mating and dating."