Think you really like those "unique" features on a person's face? Think again: A study showed that subjects find some facial qualities (read: average ones) are the ones that make the best first impression. Apparently, Average Joes or Plain Janes are seen as more biologically fit and having better reproductive health.
Humans are no different than other animals, like how chimps suck in air to bulge their chest or bird bust out their feathers in a strut. When we go into our many poses, the one we pick changes the way people feel about us. Research shows that contractive body language (folding arms, standing to the side instead of in front in the middle of the conversation) will make them look less attractive.
"To thine own self be true," is a clever way of saying "just don't lie, geez," and it has more importance than just what you put on your next job interview. A 2006 study had the description of men and women fudged around for high/low honesty, and to no surprise, the honest ones got better marks. They were seen as more kind, feminine, and attractive.
Who would have thought a man's grooming habits would be this much of a dealbreaker? But specifically, a 2013 Australian study showed heterosexual women liked men with that five-o-clock shadow more than those that were clean-shaven or overly bearded. Men liked full beards more than the other options, however.
Society kicks our butt so hard we collectively get no rest or have serious issues with insomnia. And no one likes an insomniac (unless you're really digging that Fight Club-esque weirdo, who knows). But the reality is not the same as fiction. Acute sleep deprivation and looking tired AF increases people's perception of you as unattractive or unhealthy.
Beauty is skin deep for a lot of people, there's no doubt of that, but it gets tricky when we go deeper. Non-physical traits can really change people's perception of what makes a person attractive. One 2004 study showed one super-common personality trait - laziness - will make anyone look ugly.
You like making people laugh, and that means a potential partner has got to like your sense of comedic timing. Well, then it's a no-brainer that people in this study said those with average to no sense of humor had lower ratings in attraction than those who really brought the funny. This was an equal-opportunity thing, too, so you can either capture the person with a joke or deal with a really tough crowd.
10. I Stand Alone - And Go Home Alone That Way, Too
Have you ever heard of the Cheerleader Effect? It's a term used by psychologists for when people look more attractive when they're rolling deep in a group. The work shown in a study says that faces will look more symmetrical and less disproportionate as they look more average like the rest of the group.
Just like a good whiff of perfume or dish of the finest cuisine, the way your lover smells can really get your motor running. Two large studies from Brown University had women placed how a man smelled as the most important trait when it came to sexual attraction. So dudes, stock up on some good cologne and you just might get lucky.
Flashing those pearly whites mean different things to the opposite sex. A study in British Columbia showed that women weren't fans of smilers, but preferred dudes who were more on the proud or ashamed side. On the flip side, men did not like proud women but did like women who smile.
An assertive woman can be sexy, but there's a limit to everything. A Chinese study randomly divided groups and rated them on facial stimuli. The ones that looked meaner scored more in the "lower attractiveness" scale.
We can't stay happy-go-lucky every day, but if we're looking for love we gotta keep our best face forward. If not, we'll end up like the women in the 2010 study that came out rated as less desirable by men, regardless of body size. So you can be rail-thin or have some meat on your bones and still be loved by someone, just as long as you stay positive.
Yeah, that bass in a man's voice can be a babymaker (ask the late great Barry White). A UK study linked subjects' perceptions of voice with symmetry, dominance, and sexiness. No one's voice stays the same though - a woman's voice changes considerably when they're menstruating, AKA when conception is at an all-time low.