11 traits women find attractive in men, according to science

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  • Romantic attraction is one of the greatest mysteries of the universe.

  • We found 11 science-backed traits that women who like men find irresistible.

  • Keep in mind that this type of research is often small, based on personally reported emotions, and not very diverse.

Good looks may be a factor, but they’re not as important as you might think.

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Research from Evolutionary Psychology and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that women often choose better-looking men for dating, not long-term relationships.

A sense of humor is important to women.

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According to research by Intelligence and Personal Relationships, scientists have discovered that a sense of humor makes men look smarter.

Helping others is a desirable trait in men.

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According to a study in The Journal of Social Psychology, women tend to prefer gentle, altruistic men for long-term relationships.

Another study, which surveyed 68,000 people in 180 countries in 2019, found that 88.9% of women consider “kindness” a very important trait in a partner.

According to science, women tend to like men surrounded by flashy things.

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According to research in the British Journal of Psychology and Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, women prefer men who pose in front of expensive cars or apartments to casual ones, probably because they make men look rich.

Women may choose to date an older man.

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According to a study in Evolutionary Psychology, women may like older men because they have time to accumulate more resources.

Whether you are bearded or clean-shaven is a matter of personal preference for ladies.


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According to a study from Behavioral Ecology, facial hair has been both attractive and repulsive in research, so this trait is most likely preference-based.

Do what you want with your face; You will attract the right wife.

When men aren’t available, this can make women want them more.

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Older research concluded that people like them when other people like them, but modern research has found that “playing hard to get” can be an effective tactic, according to research published in Psychological Science and the Journal of Experimental Psychology.

A canine companion can attract women.

The man who keeps his Dachshund out of the shop.

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Small studies show that men with dogs get along better with women, according to the Journal of The Interactions of People & Animals and the Journal of Evolutionary Psychology.

According to scientific studies, being zen and mindful is an attractive quality.

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In a quick dating experiment, women were more impressed than men who were attentive—present, attentive, and nonjudgmental.

Men wearing red may be more attractive to women.

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According to a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, women around the world find men who wear red more attractive.

Risk takers tend to attract women.

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Women rated men who took heroic and sometimes primitive risks higher. These include saving human lives, hunting for food, and playing with fire, according to a study in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

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