If you're a clean-shaven man who has a difficult time finding women to date, you are not alone. A new study proves most women find men with beards more attractive.
The new study published in the Journal of Evolution Biology, asked more than 8,500 women to rate men on their attractiveness as a longterm partner.
A majority of the women rated men as follows:
1. Heavy stubble
2. Full beards
3. Light stubble
"Beards may be more attractive to women when considering long-term than short-term relationships as they indicate a male's ability to successfully compete socially with other males for resources," the study concluded.
The researchers said beards are associated with a man's age (wisdom) and masculine social dominance (virility).
Beards have evolved over the last 2,000 years. Even as far back as the Stone Age, beards gave men an advantage with women.
Men with thicker, longer beards were considered sexier because Testosterone (the male sex hormone) stimulates hair follicles to speed beard growth. Women saw beards as symbols of virility and strength (think Samson).
Men with clean-shaven baby faces were not seen as manly, even though there is no scientific evidence that beards equal manliness or virility.
Question: Do you prefer men with beards or clean-shaven?