Thursday, April 10, 2008

Taking It at Face-Value

A new study shows that men and women are pretty good judges of character based on appearance alone.

The study worked with 700 students in their 20s and found that both men and women recognized subtle facial features which indicated the type of sexual relationship the person was interested in. Women looking for short-term sexual relationships tended to have narrower faces and more eager-looking eyes, while men with the same proclivities had more prominent jaws and noses; these women were generally perceived as more attractive and the men more masculine.

The research indicates these subtle facial clues may be how we assess possible mates and rivals on first-sight. While lots of previous studies have proven that people can tell a lot about others by their faces, this is the first study of its kind involving romantic relationships.

Supposedly, most women found promiscuous-looking men unattractive for both long- and short-term relationships.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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