How Science Determines Who You're Attracted To
What is your body telling you?
Attraction is a very personal, confusing, and sometimes alarming concept to grasp. Have you ever argued with a friend over a guy's level of attractiveness, or found yourself being interested in someone who you adamantly believe is "not your type"? Well, that's your biological predispositions kicking in!
Scientists have studied sexual attraction in humans and other animals for years trying to determine exactly what it is the encourages us to make the selections that we do. The following factors, however, are the most likely to play a role in your mating decisions.
Check him out!!
Naturally, for most of us, the first thing we notice about a guy is the way he looks. If you're at a crowded bar and a guy that you don't find physically attractive approaches you, you'll usually shut it down immediately. There is a little more than meets the eye to this attraction though.
Evidently, women are more likely to be attracted to masculine looking men. This makes sense, when you consider that from an evolutionary perspective, a man who is masculine is basically advertising that he has good genes and will be more likely to father healthy children. Indicators such as broad shoulders and strong jawlines suggest virility and good health, which no one can deny are good qualities in a man. These days, it has even been found that women living in poorer environments tend to favor more masculine looking men than women in developed areas, as they are more likely to prioritize genetic success.
Regardless of your type, however, attraction is a lot more than skin deep.
Wake up and smell the pheromones!
So it's not technically just smell. It's a scent-bearing chemical that is secreted by humans and animals that causes attraction. These pheromones allow men to detect fertile women and allow both sexes to sense if their partner has dissimilar MHC genes than them, which would provide their children with a healthier immune system.
So, if you are feeling particularly attracted to someone and you can't figure out why - it probably just means that your immune systems would help produce extremely healthy offspring!
Nice guys don't always finish last!
A study done in 2014 found that kindness actually plays a role in how we perceive peoples' attractiveness, as well.
"We find that ‘what is good is beautiful,' with personality reflecting desired traits as facial attractiveness," the researchers for the study wrote. "This phenomenon can also be called the ‘halo effect.' We can thus presume that personality traits may contribute to judging facial attractiveness and that the personality traits desired in a person are reflected in facial preference."
But don't judge a book by its cover!
At the end of the day, regardless of someone's face or their smell, everyone has their own personal attributes that they find more or less attractive. So never box yourself into thinking that you only like blondes or you only date guys who are tall. You might never know what type of guy science will choose for you!!
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