Take a quick look at your face in the mirror. Do you have feminine features like smaller jawlines or fuller cheeks? Now think about your dating life. Has it been filled with a bunch of flings and short-term relationships? Or is your face a bit more masculine? Then it’s quite possible that you’re either already married or in a long-term relationship.
This rationale is based on a study done by researchers from University of Stirling and University of Glasgow, and was published in the British Journal of Psychology.
All of which sounds pretty much like rubbish to me.
In a study with several hundred heterosexual male volunteers, a team of researchers made composite pictures of women’s faces, and asked the men which ones they would choose for long- or short-term relationships.
There were two versions of each face — one with slightly more feminine and the other more masculine features. The faces were taken from European or Japanese faces.
They found that men rated women with more feminine features more highly for a fling.
The preference was especially high among men who were already in a steady relationship.
“When a man has secured a mate, the potential cost of being discovered may increase his choosiness regarding short-term partners relative to unpartnered men, who can better increase their short-term mating success by relaxing their standards,” wrote the study authors.
But in making long-term choices, men “may actually prefer less attractive/feminine women,” they added.
So someone actually funded this research? But this isn’t the first of its kind. Last year, research came out stating that women actually prefer geekier men when it comes to marriage and long-term relationships, as opposed to the GQ-hunk types.
So ladies, if you’re single and are always on booty call status, and never in a serious relationship, according to these Brits, your face is solely to blame.