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Science Explains Why We All Swoon Over a Bearded Bae

Science Explains Why We All Swoon Over a Bearded Bae

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I am sure many of you can attest, there is nothing quite scrumptious than a man with a beard. If you don’t believe me, just go follow the number of Instagram handles, such as BlackMenWithBeards, whose sole purpose is to thirst trap a number of us by showcasing the hottest bearded men across the country. If you need more proof, science has finally unveiled why we’re all looking for a bearded bae.

According to the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, men with beards are viewed as being more attractive for long-term relationships. Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia asked 8,520 women to provide ratings for physical attractiveness, based on a number of photos of men. The images, which were manipulated by researchers, ranged from photos of clean cut men to full facial hair.  While it was revealed faces with stubble were rated most attractive overall, subtle stubble was seen for short-term flings only. However, fully bearded faces were discovered to be more attractive for long-term relationships.

Dr. Barnaby Dixson, who was the lead researcher, explained why this is the case in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology. He wrote, “Our findings suggest that beardedness may be attractive when judging long-term relationships as a signal of intrasexual formidability and the potential to provide direct benefits to females.

In the study’s discussion, it was also stated, “Beards consistently render men with an older, more masculine, socially dominant and aggressive appearance.” I mean who doesn’t want a masculine, socially dominant man, who is aggressive in the bedroom?

The study was approved by the Human Ethics Committee at the University of New South Wales. It was supported by an ARC Discovery Grant to RCB and BJWD and a University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellowship to BJWD.

Written by Nikki Shariee
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