London, Jun 29 (UNI) All you men who thought the best way to win a woman's heart was sporting a freshly scrubbed clean good looks, read this-- Mouches teamed with a hint of evening stubble is the look of the season.
According to new research, women are more attracted to men with stubbly chins than those with clean-shaven faces or full beards.
Women participating in the research, rated men with stubble as tough, mature, aggressive, dominant and masculine - and as the best romantic partners, either for a fling or a long-term relationships.
The explanation for the preference is not clear, but experts in human evolution say that that facial hair may be a signal of aggression because it boosts the apparent size of the lower jaw, emphasising the teeth as weapons.
According to psychologists, stubbly men may offer women the best worlds - not too strongly masculine, but mature and with the potential to grow a full beard.
The study also revealed that faces with full beards were judged to be the most masculine, aggressive and socially mature. They were also thought to look five years older. Moreover, they were rated the least attractive and the worst choice for a short-term relationship.
Men with light beards were considered the most dominant. Those with light stubble were rated the most attractive and as the ideal romantic partner for the short or long term. Clean-shaven men finished bottom for masculinity, dominance, aggression, and social maturity, and they were the least favoured choice as a long-term partner. They came second-to-last for attractiveness.
The study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences concluded that facial hair, or beardedness, was a powerful sociosexual signal, and an obvious biological marker of sexual maturity.
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