Is there anything us mortals do without the hopes of getting lucky afterward? Seriously.
We've long known when men want you in bed, they'll fan out money, status, and bling like a peacock's plume to prove how big, bad, and capable they are. Now social scientists at Florida State University say risk-taking is all part of the biological attraction game as well. Dashing through traffic or going sky diving are just other ways for men to instinctively compete with one another and lure in the ladies.
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Scientists say since women are so notoriously picky, men, historically, have been hard-wired to stack up accomplishments like women do flattering black dresses. Often it's the whole 'nothing risked, nothing gained motto' that reaps the most results at the end of the day---without actually killing yourself, of course.
At first glance all of this sounds horribly prehistoric. I mean, haven't the fairer sex evolved into boardroom bulldogs by now? It's disheartening to think we don't share any of these male competitive traits.
To study this hypothesis, FSU researchers rounded up 134 male and female undergraduates. They presented each with 10 pictures of either attractive or unattractive members of the opposite sex and then needled them to find out if they were looking to get laid. Everyone then played 11 game of rigged black jack. The researchers knew what cards everyone had and analyzed the moves made. Like clockwork, the horny men who had seen beautiful female faces took the most risks. The hands played by men not looking to get any or who had seen unattractive faces, were as unaffected as the women (regardless of where they fell on the looking to get laid meter).
Of course, tons of questions go unanswered. What personalities do these players have to begin with? Perhaps some of these single guys are just more competitive?
But the final say by study co-author Michael Baker, a doctoral student in social psychology at Florida State?
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"If men are not motivated to pursue a mate or there are no potential mates present, then the potential benefits of a risky display are less likely to outweigh the potential costs."