10 Scientific Reasons Being Superficial Is Actually GOOD For You

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Thanks, science!

As much as we may not want to admit that we prefer certain things such as a six-pack over a beer gut or curves and long hair, there's a bit of science hidden in what's largely passed off as superficiality. While no one wants to spend the rest of their lives with someone who has nothing else to offer but good looks, what turns our heads and turns us on often bases itself in biology.

Here we share the science behind "superficiality" (and a few ways you can use it to your advantage):

1. It only takes 90 seconds to determine if you're attracted to someone.

It's time to drop those lame pick-up lines once and for all. Researchers have found that it takes between 90 seconds and four minutes to decide if you want to pursue a relationship or sexual experience with someone.

Practice your nonverbal communication skills and stand up straight because a whopping 55 percent of this assessment is based solely on on body language. The tone of voice and speed of language also has a large impact (38 percent), whereas only seven percent is based on the actual words being spoken.

2. A red wardrobe is a (wo)man magnet.

Want to attract the sexy so-and-so across the room? Walk in wearing red. Studies have shown that both men and women are more attracted to members of the opposite sex who are wearing this color, but for different reasons. Men see women in this color as more physically attractive whereas women equate red with power.

3. Tall men are seen as better lovers.

Psychologists Cindy Meston and David Buss, authors of Why Women Have Sex, found that 80 percent of women surveyed preferred men six feet or taller. A muscular, athletic physique (with a "V" shaped torso with broad shoulders) was preferred both for long-term relationships as well as short-term sexual liaisons.

4. Having pearly whites gets you more dates.

The color of your chops matter. One three-part study found that male and female participants were 54 percent more likely to get a second date after having their teeth whitened. The same study found that yellow teeth can also harm your career. Participants were 58 percent more likely to be hired and were 53 percent more likely to receive higher salaries after simply whitening their smile

5. Crying turns men off.

Tears are a way for the body to release stress hormones, but they won't do much for your sex life. A study in the US Journal of Medicine found that men respond with a reduced level of sexual desire and testosterone when they smell human tears. Guess there's a good reason not to make your man watch RomComs after all.

6. More facial hair on a man = more manly.

According to a study in Sydney, women equate facial hair with masculinity and good health (especially when at her most fertile). That said, "heavy stubble" is the preference over clean shaven and full beards (even though the latter is equated with having excellent parenting potential).

7. Men are less attracted to short hair.

Psychological Science, Proceedings of Biology Science, and Archives of Sexual Behaviors reported that men associate long hair with youthfulness and fertility, making it more attractive on average than shorter locks.

8. "Mathematically even" faces are deemed more attractive.

According to experts, "mathematically average" faces are considered ideal because they're seen as representing better reproductive health and are more genetically diverse. The distance between your eyes and mouth should be 36 percent of the length of your entire face, while the distance between your eyes should follow 46 percent of the width of your face.

A woman's hip-to-waist ratio is also taken into consideration. According to New Zealand anthropologist Barnaby Dixson, a woman with 0.7 or a waist measurement exactly 70 percent of the hip circumference is ideal.

9. People with straight teeth are perceived as smarter. 

Kelton Research found that men and women with straight teeth are seen as better looking, smarter, more successful, more social, and even more trustworthy. Those with straight teeth are also 57 percent more likely to get a date based on their photo alone than those with crooked teeth.

10. Smiling brightly makes women more attractive, but not so much for men. 

Research in Switzerland found that happiness is a key component in the assessment of attractiveness for women, but less so for men. Women who smiled big and often were deemed as more appealing, but men who smiled "slightly" (which conveys a sense of pride) were deemed more attractive to women.



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