Sunday, May 29, 2011

Prattle on the Sexes

I knew it.  We all knew it.  And now there's scientific proof.  A new UBC study concludes that women find happy men less sexually attractive.  Women are drawn to bad boys.  "In a series of studies, more than 1,000 men and women were shown hundreds of pictures of men and women smiling, showing pride and being ashamed.  The women said they were more sexually attracted to the men who looked proud and powerful or moody and ashamed, while men put the happy women at the top of their sexy list ... women may have seen smiling men as a signal of desperation ... or at least over-availability ... We were expecting the positive emotions to be most attractive. We kind of figured that male pride would be most attractive, however we didn't bank on male happiness being least attractive ... Beall said studies have long shown women are attracted to more powerful men, which would explain why pride was a factor.  He said there are also characteristics of shame that a lot of people forget about.  "Shame does show that you at least have an appreciation for the social norms," he said. "If you're a socially competent member of society, that could be seen as attractive."  But for men, pride was the lowest factor on the list of attractive traits for females ... [and the logical conclusion:] "if you are changing your online dating profile, you might think of not having a smiling photo if you're a male".  Nice guys finish last.