Science is an amazing thing. It’s given us robot doctors, bionic eyes, and self driving cars.
They’re even making lab-grown penises now. (You know, in case you misplaced your first one.)
But what about good looks? What can we learn from science about seducing a woman?
You don’t have to be Ryan Gosling (or get plastic surgery to look like Ryan Gosling) to get the job done. Instead, use these 10 scientific strategies to be more charming - and make her want you right now.
Recruit a couple buddies to be your wingmen. People were rated as better looking when they were in group photos than in solo shots, a study from the University of California at San Diego found.
Credit it to something called the “cheerleader effect,” the researchers say. People appear more attractive in groups because viewing faces together makes them look more like the group average—which can help “even out” any one person’s unattractive idiosyncrasies.
Actually, your best wingman might still be in diapers. According to research from France, men who played nice with babies were more than three times as likely to score a woman’s phone number than guys who ignored the newborns.
In fact, 40 percent of ladies gave up their digits after they saw men smiling, cooing, and talking with the tykes.
The women also rated the child-friendly fellas as more attractive. The logic: Good behaviour with babies signals a willingness to invest in future kids, researchers say.
Women found guys with heavy stubble - about 10 days’ worth - to be more handsome than those with a lighter shadow, a full beard, or a completely clean-shaven face, Australian research found.
The scientists believe that heavy stubble shows a good balance of masculinity. Past research has shown that partners who are highly masculine - as could be perceived by full beards - may be less likely to invest in long-term relationships.
Chalk it up to status, the researchers believe. Expensive rides show that a man has lots of resources—and may be willing to “invest” in a woman’s well-being, too.
Man’s Best Friend indeed: According to a French study, women were three times as likely to give out their phone numbers to a guy on the street if he approached them with a dog than if he inquired alone.
Canines can help grease social interaction, the researchers say.
Pooches boost perceptions of kindness, thoughtfulness, and sensitivity—all qualities women find appealing in guys.
Altruism signals a concern for others, the researchers say. And this might also show a more solid investment in the relationship.
Your witty one-liners might help you in the sack. Guys who have greater senses of humour - as shown by their ability to come up with chuckle-worthy cartoon captions - have more short-term, uncommitted sex than boring men, shows research from the University of New Mexico.
That’s because humour might be rooted in sexual selection, the researchers believe. It’s a hard-to-fake signal of intelligence and creativity, which makes women believe that funny guys might be better mates.
In a study at University of Alaska Anchorage, women found men more attractive if they took part in “hunter-gatherer” risks - those similar to challenges faced by our ancestors, like handling fire, climbing rocks in remote areas, and swimming across rivers.
This penchant for ancestral peril is likely rooted in natural selection, researchers say. When men take on these risks, they may be advertising their genetic prowess to women.
People who used positive words like “creative,” “ambitious,” or “laugh” in their online dating profiles received 33 per cent more messages, according to a survey from dating site Zoosk.
Mentioning hobby-related words like “book” or “read” - or including info about running, jogging, or lifting weights - provided a significant message boost, too.
Just be careful you’re not coming on too strong. Men whose first communication with women contained words like “dinner” or “drinks” saw their response rate plummet by 35 percent.