Men with beards are better at relationships

-

If you, or someone you love, are growing out your whiskers this winter, you’re a step ahead in the “healthy relationship” department.

According to a study published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, men with facial hair are more likely to be considered long-term relationship material compared to those who are clean-shaven.

The study, led by Barnaby Dixson of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, surveyed 8,520 women and every single one of them showed a preference for facial hair when asked to rate men (both with and without facial hair) on attractiveness and on a spectrum of “relationship longevity”.

So what is it about beards that makes them so alluring? According to the researchers, women biologically prefer faces that are neither “too feminine” nor “too masculine.” (More masculine features signal someone more interested in a fling than something long lasting.) A beard brings balance to both kinds of faces, heightening their appeal. It seems a little facial fuzz provides just the kind of ambiguity ladies are looking for. 

 

But that’s not the only benefit of a beard. Watch the video above for more!

Up Next:


Up Next

  • Men with beards are better at relationships
  • Brother and sister receive rare double-lung transplant
  • New survey shows ‘mommy shaming' is rampant
  • Meet ‘Tertill', the Roomba for your vegetable garden
  • 18 year-old kicker could be NFL's first female player
  • ‘Beer Yoga' is now a thing in London
  • 200 bikers escort bullied 10-year-old boy to school
  • Meet the 8 year-olds using jokes to fight cancer
  • High schoolers host fantasy football camp for kids with special needs
  • Terminally ill 5-year-old girl gets "married" to best friend