'Happy Guys' Are Less Sexually Attractive to Women, Says Science

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According to science -- it's always according to science -- women are significantly less sexually attracted to "happy guys" than they are to men who swagger, brood, or are generally bad news. This is unfortunate, as happy guys seem way more fun to hang out with than swaggering broodsters with attitude problems, but, women like what they like, we guess? Or scientific studies think they do. Shall we explore this study?

Researchers at the University of British Columbia who wanted to understand "the enduring allure of bad boys" did a series of studies in which 1,000 adults rated the sexual attractiveness of people in photos in which they demonstrated different body language -- broad smiles for happiness, "puffed-up chests" for pride, lowered heads and averted eyes for shame. The women preferred the dudes who looked "proud and powerful or moody and ashamed" and...NOT HAPPY. The men liked the ladies who looked happy, not "proud or confident." Is this why certain men are always telling certain women to "smile"? Please stop doing that. It's really fucking annoying.

Of course, this is all based on scientifically reviewed reactions to photos of unknown people, not on actual people with thoughts and personalities and feelings who are trying to meet and possibly date in real life. As Alec Beall, the study's co-author, reminds us: "We were not asking participants if they thought these targets would make a good boyfriend or wife -- we wanted their gut reactions on carnal, sexual attraction."

In fact, according to a variety of studies and also what we know in real life, "positive emotional traits and a nice personality" are highly desirable, even preferable, in relationship partners. That's a relief. So, let's all take this information with a grain of salt while redoing our photos for our online dating profiles. Happy guys, we still like you. We do!

Happy Guys Finish Last, Says New Study on Sexual Attractiveness [Science Daily]

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Joegullette
Joegullette

this is false. Women fall to the feet of happy guys. There trying to lie to u to help spread and continue the lesbian charade.

Jacob Dorn
Jacob Dorn

I would bet that women are more attracted to unhappy poses because they would wonder if they can make him happy, and if they try to engage with him and they see him light up with a smile or laugh then they feel good about themselves and happy, its a relationship already. Someone who is already happy might not become more than friends.

Juannoontime
Juannoontime

the best thing about being a happy guy is that this sort of news doesn't matter at all!

Cashme327
Cashme327

To me it all depends on why he is happy or not.  I need more information.

Tapir Free
Tapir Free

at vl1y:A woman can provide for herself, thank you very much.

Winston Blake
Winston Blake

Good and evil are names that signify our appetites and aversions, which in different tempers, customs, and doctrines of men are different: and diverse men differ not only in their judgement on the senses of what is pleasant and unpleasant to the taste, smell, hearing, touch, and sight; but also of what is conformable or disagreeable to reason in the actions of common life. 

Whatsoever is the object of any man's appetite or desire, that is it which he for his part calls good; and the object of his hate and aversion, evil; and of his contempt, vile and inconsiderable. For these words of good, evil, and contemptible are ever used with relation to the person that uses them: there being nothing simply and absolutely so; nor any common rule of good and evil to be taken from the nature of the objects themselves; but from the person of the man. 

The government of men's external actions by religion, pretending the change of nature in their consecrations cannot be esteemed a work extraordinary, it is no other than a conjuration or incantation, whereby they would have men to believe an alteration of nature that is contrary to the testimony of sight and of all the rest of the senses...

The idea "thou shalt marry and be given in marriage" is corrupt and degenerate, which is an impossible immortality of a kind, but not of the persons of men.

Ecclesiastics would have men believe they are not worthy to be counted amongst them that shall obtain the next world, or absolute resurrection from the dead, as inmates of the world; and to the end only to receive condign punishment for their contumacy of monogamy as opposed to the freedom of the polygamy found in nature.

theworldofmarla
theworldofmarla

I would be in the clear minority in this study. I married a happy guy--and as of next month we''l be happily married for 11 years.

A lot of women are really stupid--going after the "bad boy" and other losers.

Alex Zacharias
Alex Zacharias

So, you want women to be attracted to happy guys, but it's "fucking annoying" when you're told that smiling is attractive?

bl1y
bl1y

It's because women have learned that anyone happy has a shitty job and can't provide for you.

dscokween
dscokween

I'm married to a nice guy who wouldn't fit the 'happy' guy with a chronic smile on his face.  I'd posit to the pp that most women have figured out that often a happy guy like himself is also one who is naively unaware of how arrogant he really is. 

Starting a statement like "A lot of women are really stupid--" is a clear indication of derision that would land him in the reject pile ASAP for most women I know.  Maybe enough rejection would make him not so happy - he just happen to marry someone who can tolerate 'big, dumb & happy' (though I'm not certain on the big part of the previous statement.)

Duncan
Duncan

No, being told to smile when you don't feel like smiling is fucking annoying.  Maybe because the person who's telling you to smile is a jerk, and you don't *want* to be attractive to him.  (Or her.)

Tenzo
Tenzo

Take all "science" that hasn't been around for at least 100 years with a grain of salt...

Pecker Brown
Pecker Brown

An alternative theory; you know how you are supposed to pose for ID pictures without smiling, to emulate how you will look when asked to produce said ID?Women like men looking upset because that is how they will look after being with them past the second screw--like an animal about to gnaw off their foot to escape the trap.

Mr. Happy
Mr. Happy

I think the person who wrote that "a lot of women are really stupid," is indeed a woman.  You apparently assumed otherwise.  This is one of those examples where truth has been confused with misogyny. 

Quite frankly, I'm amazed that anyone would dispute that a lot of women are really stupid.Just as I'd be amazed if anyone disputed that a lot of men are really stupid.

Have nice day!  :)

Signed,Happy & Therefore Unsexy Guy

Cashme327
Cashme327

Better to be happy and unsexy than sexy and unhappy.  Remember Marilyn Monroe as just one example of this truth.

dscokween
dscokween

you are correct, Mr. Unsexy.  I realized my mistake after I pushed 'post.'  The preferences here do not allow for editing of comments.  My mistake, and somewhat ironically proving the pp point ;)

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