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Women Really Do Want Guys That Look Like Dad

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?


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dreamie-me dreamie-me 8 years
Well, not physical traits but I do like guys who come off as intelligent like my dad but intelligent guys don't consciously remind me of him.
Beastiegirl5 Beastiegirl5 9 years
I actually won't date a guy with a full beard because my dad has one. The guys I've dated have varied, and none of them have really resembled either my dad or my stepdad in personality or looks. The closest I can say is that my dad is 6 feet and built, and I do tend to gravitate towards men with more of that build- I don't like really tall or skinny guys. But even then, that's a stretch, especially since I get along with my stepdad far better than my dad.
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 9 years
My husband is polar opposite of my Dad. Light hair, light eyes, on the short side, and go-with-the flow. My Dad is opposite of that.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 9 years
miriah15 miriah15 9 years
I would prefer not to ...
samischo samischo 9 years
well the guys i'm attracted to are taller than me. so is my dad. and thats about it.
sass317 sass317 9 years
Nope, my husband looks nothing like my dad. But oddly people tell us that WE look alike all the time. Its just bc we are both tall and pale with blue eyes though
melizzle melizzle 9 years
Not true for the bio dad. But my hubby and stepdad are similar personality-wise.
designerel designerel 9 years
Physically, none of my bfs looked like my dad. Don't get me wrong, my dad's good-looking man, but... way too creepy to date someone who looks like him. Personality-wise there aren't much similarities either. Except maybe stubborn-ness and they have that desire to protect me and take care of me.
pink-elephant pink-elephant 9 years
I don't know so much about the looks bit- but I do tend to fall for guys with my dad's personality.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
I don't like my dad, so I don't want anybody like him or even remotely reminds me of him.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
This is not for my sister or me, my sis's boyfriend of like 4 years is white and the guy I had a huge crush on is Asian. I don't know, I'm trying to step out of the box. My dad was a little disappointed at first, but he got over it. I heard that girls find boyfriends who like their brother, lucky me my brother is so cute!
Seka21 Seka21 9 years
My dad looks like george clooney Thats pretty much everyone's type lol Buck ick at the thought.. i dont agree with the article! But no i dont think my fiance looks like him. Hes more Rodrigo Santoro looking
alethia037 alethia037 9 years
I would have to agree... My husband doesn't really look like my father, but they are built the same... same height, weight, and shoe size (my husband LOVES that because he gets awesome hand-me-downs all the time!) Personality-wise, my hubby and my dad are a lot alike. They have the same hobbies, the same ideals, similar humor, and similar work ethics. This makes sense to me, seeing as I have always been a Daddy's girl - I have a lot of respect for him and the things he has done with my life - that I would want to marry a man who is similar.
mcreverie mcreverie 9 years
I actually dumped a guy because he resembled my dad too much, both in looks and personality. I think if a daughter idolizes her father, she'll look for the same qualities. And obviously, if the father-daughter relationship isn't that good, she'll want the exact opposite.
skigurl skigurl 9 years
i agree with dad is cool, dresses well, and is good looking for a dad...he wears his hair in a faux-hawk and has a little soul patch...and i go for similar kind of guys who also dress sportly like he does...he's a good dad and a good husband, so i can't complain...i mean the resemblances are not uncanny, but the similarities might be there
bbkf bbkf 9 years
I've never dated anyone who looks even remotely like my dad. And I would never date anyone who acts even remotely like my dad because he's a jerk.
LadyLibertine LadyLibertine 9 years
I disagree but if it is true, I hope I stay single till I die as I can not stand my dad
retrokitty retrokitty 9 years
My fiancee is a lot like my dad in their hobbies & skills, but NOT in their appearance. That would be weird.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
This Certainly does not apply to me. If you see my dad and fiance you'll understand why.
Jenna-Marie22 Jenna-Marie22 9 years
I would be so happy to meet and marry a man like my father, but not necessarily look like my father.
VennieB VennieB 9 years
my boyfriend and my dad have a lot in common, personality-wise. but they look NOTHING alike.
looseseal looseseal 9 years
I certainly hope not.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
Behaviour, yes. My dad bends over backwards to help my mother and I grew up in an environment where this was expected. I guess that has rubbed off on me. Looks? They are nothing alike. I look like my dad though. :p
nopenope nopenope 9 years
I snagged a guy very similar to my Grandpa! I totally love my Grandpa, even though I've lived states away from him for most of my life. Similar body type, humor, prank-loving, musical talent, into gadgets and figuring out how things work, etc. My father wasn't any of those nor does he have a similar body type or facial structure to my boyfriend -- and was an ass to boot (restraining order as proof, heh). My boyfriend's mom has curly hair (like me) and is pale (like me, only I have a billions freckles), similar height range... and that's about the only similarities, but a couple people have commented how we look super similar.
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