The researchers at University of Queensland surveyed more than 8,500 women to rate men with and without facial hair and asked them and a bunch of relationship-related questions.
The photos of men were tweaked using computer graphics to present a variety of profiles with full facial hair, clean-shaven, stubble, moustache and full beards.
The study concluded that women preferred bearded men as more compatible for marriage and the clean-shaven ones more suitable for a casual relationship. Seriously?
As per the report, “Male-typical facial features such as a pronounced brow ridge and a more robust jawline may signal underlying health, whereas beards may signal men’s age and masculine social dominance. However, masculine faces are judged as more attractive for short-term relationships over less masculine faces, whereas beards are judged as more attractive than clean-shaven faces for long-term relationships.”
In simpler words, people with beard are considered to have perfect combination of masculine and feminine features, making them more attractive for long-term. We bet not every woman seconds this logic.
We are confused how a beard can determine a man’s character but according to another study published in journal Evolution & Human Behavior, women believe bearded men make better fathers as well.