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Women Get Drawn to Men With Wife or Girlfriend; Think They Are More Faithful, Kind and Attractive: Study
The researchers carried out an experiment to test the notion of 'mate-choice copying'
Reams have been written on what women like and dislike when it comes to their choice of men. Some well-known studies have concluded that women usually find the ‘bad guy’ more attractive and that women prefer a guy with a ‘stubble’ as opposed to guys with a ‘beard’ or a ‘clean-shaven look’. And now, yet another startling revelation has been made by the researchers at the University of St Andrews – women find a man more attractive once they learn he has a wife or a girlfriend! Being committed leads to a perception that the man is more likely to be kind and faithful and, therefore, a good dad, psychologists believe. In a way, having a partner gives men an ‘attractiveness boost.’
The research was carried out by the University of St Andrews. The researchers carried out an experiment to test the notion of “mate-choice copying”, which is seen in female birds and fish. It and can offer an evolutionary advantage by boosting their chances of finding a good sexual partner. Reportedly, the researchers asked 49 female volunteers to rate men’s faces, men’s hands and a piece of art. Then, the volunteers were shown the ratings given by the other participants. And in most cases, when they were shown others’ ratings, they moved 13 percent closer to the average facial score and 14 percent closer to the average art rating. Research Lead Dr Kate Cross, from the University of St Andrews, said that women appear to copy the mate preferences of other women. However, this might also be because humans have a general tendency to be influenced by the opinions of others.
Another research released earlier in January 2018 had the same conclusion. It said that committed men were often also viewed as more intelligent, humorous, trustworthy, wealthy, adventurous and generous. Co-author Randi Proffitt Leyva of Texas Christian University had said that they were interested in researching this subject because of the common complaint made by most women that all good men are taken. Essentially, the researchers suggest women find men with partners more desirable as a result of female ‘mate choice copying’. The study was published in the online edition of Evolutionary Psychology.