Men With A Specific Face Shape Are More Likely To Cheat

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Why Men With A Square Face Shape Are More Likely To Cheat
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Usually, when someone cheats in a relationship, we automatically assume it’s because they were unhappy or unsatisfied for some specific reason.

But research says some men can’t help but cheat — all based on their type of face.

That's right, there is a certain type of men who are most likely to cheat.

According to the results of a study published in Archives of Sexual Behavior, researchers have linked facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) to certain behavioral characteristics.

More specifically, they found that men with shorter, wider faces have a higher sex drive and are more likely to cheat than those with longer, more narrow faces.

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To prove their initial hypothesis, two studies were conducted by a team of researchers from Nipissing University, Simon Fraser University, the University of Ottawa, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Canada.

In the first study, 145 heterosexual students (69 males and 76 females) who were currently in relationships were asked to complete a questionnaire about their sexual behaviors.

The dimensions of their faces were then measured using photographs the participants had provided.

This image shows how face shape was measured:

"Horizontal lines represent the distance between the upper-lip and the highest point of the eyelids (upper-face height); vertical lines represent the maximum distance between the left and right facial boundary (bizygomatic width). fWHR was calculated as bizygomatic width divided by upper-face height."  

In doing so, the team found that FWHR was positively correlated with sex drive in men.

In the second study, not only did researchers examine the link between fWHR and sex drive, they also examined intended infidelity and sociosexuality, which is an individual's level of willingness to engage in casual sex outside of a committed relationship.

This time, a total of 314 students, 43% of which were male, were recruited from a different college in Canada, about 350 km from the location where the first study took place.

They went through the same steps as those involved in the first study. And in addition, they were then asked questions about their tendencies toward cheating.

This time around, researchers again found a correlation between fWHR and sex drive. They also uncovered a similar correlation between sociosexuality and intentional infidelity among men, although not among women.

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This research does show a strong correlation between face shape and a tendency toward high sex drive and cheating in men.

However, it should be noted that the research methodology involved some significant limitations.

While the findings held true when ethnicity and sexual orientation were accounted for, BMI information was only collected and controlled for in the first of the two studies.

Additionally, the research only involved college students, making us wonder if the results would be similar if they'd included a more mature — and actually legally married — population.

Finally, whereas this team also found a correlation between a higher sex drive and more square-shaped facial dimensions in women, further research has since discounted those results.

Please rest assured that none of this is to say there’s actual proof that just because your boyfriend or husband has a square-shaped face he’ll cheat on you.

And if he does cheat, using “I have a square face!” isn’t a good excuse.

So don’t even try it, guys.

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Caitlin Butkiewicz is a film fanatic and aspiring writer who is passionate about dogs, baseball, and pizza.

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Editor's Note: This article was originally posted on October 6, 2017 and was updated with the latest information.

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