Men, it seems, are sadly predictable creatures. A new study suggests that males are physically attracted to women who are psychologically vulnerable — that is to say, immature, depressed, or unintelligent — though that doesn't necessarily convert into a desire for a long-term relationship with them.
The researchers, from Texas-Austin University, studied 88 factors that made women appear more "exploitable" in the eyes of both men and women. Then, the researchers showed pictures of women that illustrated these characteristics to a sample of men, and asked them to rate how desirable they found them.
The results show that, across the board, men find women with some psychological vulnerability far more attractive than the average. Comparatively, physical vulnerabilities — such as being short — don't make any difference.
Sadly, that initial attraction doesn't necessarily convert into long and loving relationships: when the same men were asked whether they would be interested in pursing a long-term relationships with psychologically vulnerable women, the answers were overwhelmingly negative.
So, scientific proof that men are attracted to easier targets. Or, scientific proof that men are hard-wired to be jerks. You decide! [The Telegraph]
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