It's been said that many women marry men like their dads, but a new study reported by the BBC provides evidence that women actually do choose partners that have a resemblance to their fathers, and vice versa, specifically in relation to facial features and structure.
The phenomenon of determining an adult mate based on learned traits in childhood is referred to as sexual imprinting and has long been studied. But what makes this particular article interesting is that it reveals that this occurrence is based on a personal bond with a parent rather than a genetic connection to them. As the article explains:
[Previous studies] have shown women use dads as a template for picking a mate even if they are adopted, suggesting imprinting is led by experience not simply genes.
I find this fascinating, but since I don't have much practice in measuring facial proportions, it's difficult for me to apply it to my own life. What do you think? Can you make the connection between your dad and the men you're attracted to?