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Women Prefer Good-Looking Underachievers 2007-02-10

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Humanities, Money, Science, Statistics.

The University of Central Lancashire‘ research published in the ‘Personality and Individual Differences‘ journal found that their group of 186 female students preferred good-looking men. However, those good-looking men without top careers were deemed most suitable.

The team said women seemed to feel high-flyers would not be good fathers, and lead researcher Mr. Simon Chu said the high-earning career men were deemed to be ‘too good to be true’.

[Picture of Simon Chu]‘Under particular circumstances, high socio-economic status in males can be subtly counter-productive in terms of attractiveness as a long-term partner.

‘We suggest that females see physically attractive, high status males as being more likely to pursue a mating strategy rather than a parenting strategy.’

Using photographs of 60 men in their 20s, researchers asked students to rate them on a physical attractiveness scale.

Six from the good looking group, six considered average and six judged unattractive were then selected and information on the man’s age, what he was looking for in a partner and their profession were added.

The professions included high-status jobs such as architects and company directors, medium-status positions such as teachers or travel agents and so-called lower-status roles such as gardeners and postmen.


1. Lupa Duende - 2013-03-12

So would Simon Chu attract potential mates? Should he be the biological father of offspring but not worry about parental investment or perhaps we wobbles should have epcs with higher ranking males and let him raise them.

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