The Secret World of Attraction

           A friend and I were discussing attraction, she has recently decided she would like to try online dating and it seems that the amount of men out there is quite overwhelming. We made a verbal list of what we thought was attractive - taller than us (and we're 5'9 and 5'10), confident not cocky, well dressed yet comfortable and no weird facial tics.  I like the scruffy chin, she likes the clean shaven. But really, this is just the superficial gut reaction to men.  I wouldn't fall in love with the scruffy guy immediately but these quality certainly turn my head! A nice jaw line doesn't hurt either.

Which brings me to my next research topic - The Science of Attractiveness.

Every female and male has their own idea of what they gravitate towards, whether it be a guy in a pick up truck or a Lamborghini, a girl in a cute flower dress or string bikini! For the most part, attraction remains an unsolved mystery. No definitive method exists to calculate or predict who we should be attracted to - nor how we can be attractive to others.
However, according to scientific experts, there are some tried and true unconscious assessments we do the second we meet someone.

First, we look at: 
Face shape - Symmetry of the face and its features has been shown to be more attractive for both men and women. Dr. Schmidt from the University of Nebraska says that there is an exact measurement for facial attractiveness. "The ratio of the length of the face to the width of the face should be 1.6, also known as the golden ratio. The face should also be divided into three equal pieces vertically, the forehead, then [the bottom of the forehead to] the nose and then from the nose to the chin."

Voice pitch - women with higher estrogen levels have a higher voice which makes them more attractive to men. Therefore, when females are ovulating and estrogen levels peak, men have found that the voices are significantly more attractive.

Time of the Month - When women are at mid-cycle (meaning they are ovulating and fertile) they are more attracted to "manly men." I picture cavemen with clubs and a grunting Tim the Tool Man Taylor! When women are menstruating, they prefer softer more feminine men. This could play havoc on relationships where the man is required to be a stud muffin one week and sing sappy love songs to his girl the next.

Pheromones -  a chemical mixture in which animals secrete to convey messages to others. They can transmit messages of fear, territorial boundaries and even SEX! Researchers believe when a man gets a whiff of copulins, his testosterone levels rise. As a result, he secretes androstenone, an odor that repels women who aren't ovulating. "Bars and nightclubs across the world are the battlefield for this invisible biochemical war," Oprah says.

Hip to waist ratio - According to studies, when men first see a woman, he immediately assesses the curve of her body. If her waist to hip ratio is 0.7, he is more attracted because she represents a healthy and more fertile body for reproduction. However, not all of us have the hour glass shape and look like Marilyn Monroe so this may be a loose rule!

Now, before we look in the mirror and start picking apart our bodies because we don't have the exact measurements, please remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What is a beast to one, may be a beauty to another. So smile, put your best asymmetrical face forward and ladies, hit that club on day 14-16 of your cycle!!
Happy Dating!