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Women Can Be More Choosy With Dates Than Men

Single women, I have good news and bad news for you. The good news: there's less competition in the dating pool for the man of your dreams than you probably thought. The bad? There's more choices for them since men are more likely to prefer one type of woman. A thin, seductive type.

Researchers at Wake Forest University classified photos of men and women, ages 18-25, as seductive, confident, thin, sensitive, stylish, curvaceous (women), muscular (men), traditional, masculine/feminine, classy, well-groomed, or upbeat in appearance. A subjective method for sure, but it was necessary to identify the common characteristics that appealed to men and women.

Overall, women showed a small preference for thin, muscular men; however, many women rated those same men as extremely unattractive. There was a great disparity among what women found attractive and unattractive. Men were much more consistent, choosing candidates who were classified as thin, seductive, and confident.

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So if you have a type, know there are fewer women vying for him than you probably think. The downside, of course, is that men are more tunnel-visioned when it comes to women, adding another drop in the bucket of reasons women feel the need to conform to a societal standard of beauty. Oh, well. Maybe next study!

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Anneleah Anneleah 7 years
I love the article.It's true that guys prefer thin girls. But Girls always go for 1st impressions.Much more choosy, in a way that we make checklist if the candidates i's the right guy.. Guys should have10 clues she's just not that into you. Women are really choosy!
Anneleah Anneleah 7 years
I love the article.It's true that guys prefer thin girls. But Girls always go for 1st impressions.Much more choosy, in a way that we make checklist if the candidates i's the right guy.. Guys should 10 clues she's just not that into you. Women are really choosy!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Truthfully, I already suspected this based on my personal experience.
PontNeuf PontNeuf 8 years
No problem. Being gay has its advantages. But seriously, the study probably didn't take into account that the the large majority of images of women that men see on billboards and on advertising are thin and feminine. Images of men tend to be more representative of reality.
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