Science proves what bearded men have instinctively known their entire face fuzzed lives and that is... bearded men are seen by women as better Dads, more masculine and healthier than bald faced men.
Research by Neave, Nick and Shields, Kerry (2008) uncovered the obvious in their 2008 study titled The effects of facial hair manipulation on female perceptions of attractiveness, masculinity, and dominance in male faces. Personality and Individual Differences
The aim of this study was to find out how the addition of various levels of facial hair would change a female perceptions of attractiveness. The five levels of face fur ranged from clean-shaven, light stubble, heavy stubble, light beard and of course full beard and were combined with three different styles giving a total of 15 unique male faces.
These faces were rated by 60 females based on the various face hair attributes.
And this is that part that will surprise not one single bearded bloke - Male faces displaying a full beard were considered the most masculine, aggressive, socially mature, and older. Roaaaar! Males with a light beard were considered the most dominant. Males with light stubble were considered to be the most attractive, light stubble was also preferred for both short- and long-term relationships.
Other research findings from the female research participants found the following perceptions based on a man’s face grooming habits…
- Masculinity - The perception of a man’s masculinity increases with the amount of facial hair that he has. So if you want to be seen as a highly masculine individual, you should consider cultivating a full beard.
Most Attractive - heavy stubble was expressed as the most attractive look.
Healthiest - Women believed that men who have a full beard appear to be healthier than those without any type of facial hair.
- Best Parenting Skills - Full beard men were seen to be great Dads
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