The Perennial Debate: Face or Bod?
When Men Go For Face or Body
For those still trying to wrap their heads around the whole hook-up vs. dating dynamic (read: basically everyone), science is back with some interesting new findings.
According to a new study, men who want "short-term companionship" are all about the bod, and those nice gentlemen looking for a long-term relaysh care more about the face. We hope that those who weren't complete beasts actually cared about conversation, intellect and kindness. All two of them who exist.
Researchers in the University of Texas at Austin study told participants to consider a potential mate as a short-term or long-term companion. Participants had the option to see an image of that potential mate's head or body, but not both. The researchers found that 51 percent of men who were told to consider her a short-term partner chose to look her body, while only 25 percent of those considering her for the long-term prioritized seeing her bod.
Previous research has shown that a woman's body provides insight into her current fertility, while her face provides cues about her long-term reproductive value. So dudes seeking a short-term relaysh have adapted to examine partners' bodies to determine if they're fertile and can currently produce offspring.
In looking for short-term or long-term mates, women, on the other hand, showed no significant difference in their interest in faces or bodies. Although, there had to be at least one girl out there that asked to see the hands. You know what we're sayin'.
Anywho, don't know about you, but reading this study prompted us to order a new face cream and three pizzas.
University of Texas at Austin (2010, September 26). Men look for good bodies in short-term mates, pretty faces in long-term mates. ScienceDaily. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2010/09/100925105837.htm