Let your face fur fly free [not just for the hipsters]

Posted in nerdlette, this is fucking america! by nerdlette on 28 July 2008

NOTE TO BACHELORS: put down that razor before you go out this weekend. Researchers in England used a software program to design and morph three male faces – rated equally attractive in clean-shaven form by a group of women – with five levels of facial hair, up to a full beard. This set of 15 faces was then evaluated in random order by another group of women. In line with previous research, perceptions of masculinity, dominance, aggression, maturity, and age all increased in proportion to facial hair. However, attractiveness was highest for light-stubble faces and lowest for clean-shaven and fully bearded faces. The authors note that this result could be due to contemporary fashion, the particular age preferences of the (university) women in the study, or stubble signaling a happy middle ground of masculinity.

Neave, N. and Shields, K., “The Effects of Facial Hair Manipulation on Female Perceptions of Attractiveness, Masculinity, and Dominance in Male Faces,” Personality and Individual Differences (October 2008).

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