Any single man who has ever witnessed the most beautiful woman in the bar hanging off the arm of some chump has likely suffered many a sleepless night trying to understand how this presumably lame, dick wad of a dude was able to get a girl who, by every set of standards, is well out of his league. Meanwhile, you’re in bed alone, swiping through Tinder, hoping to connect with any girl whose bio doesn’t say something like “Mother of seven…still lives with ex-husband.”
But it’s a struggle out there, boys. It is easy for a guy to get depressed about his inability to track down a solid romantic prospect. In moments like these the question “what do they have that I don’t?” starts to become an obsession. Well, do not lose hope just yet. It turns out that getting a smoking hot chick to fall madly in love with you is really as easy as not being a complete idiot.
A recent study published in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences finds that beautiful women are more likely to get involved with an intelligent man. And not just to the point of having a relationship either. Researchers believe that the hot ones are looking to enter into a lifelong commitment with those guys who are considered the smarter of the breed. “We speculate that women are motivated to secure a mate with equal or higher intelligence,” according to the study authors.
“The results of the study suggest that intelligence may be slightly more important to women when choosing a long-term mate,” lead study author Dr. Curtis Dunkel told Inverse. “More specifically, a woman may look for a man who is slightly more intelligent than she is and she uses her physical attractiveness to secure a more intelligent husband.”
But this team of scientific minds relied on some rather odd variables to make this determination. The study was based on more than 10,000 senior photos and IQ tests from a Wisconsin high school dating back to 1957. Researchers say that most of the women who were considered “attractive” from their black and white photos ended up with husbands that had higher IQ’s.
Yet, this assessment is questionable, as it was made in 2004 by an independent panel of 12 men and women around the age of 78. Still, the outcome of the study finds that attractive women are almost always going to end up with a man of above average intelligence. On the flipside, the study also found that just because a man was considered attractive does not mean he will end up with a smart woman.
Come to find out, it is hardwired in the DNA of women to go after the smart guy. A Sexual Strategies Theory published in 1933 finds that “Modern women have inherited the evolutionary trait to desire mates who possess resources, have qualities linked with acquiring resources (e.g., ambition, wealth, industriousness), and are willing to share those resources with them.
But the reason men are programmed to chase the most attractive women is that, deep down inside, they want a girl who can give them lots of babies. Or at least have a hell of a lot of fun trying. “On the other hand, men more strongly desire youth and health in women, as both are cues to fertility,” the paper says.
The latest study is rooted in the sexual strategies theory.
So, study up, boys. Stop hooting and hollering at girls and using cheesy pick-up lines to try and get them to go home with you. It’s not going to work. All you really need is the right opportunity to show one just how smart you really are. But don’t be all pretentious about it. There is still something to be said for being charming and funny. Because — and get this — research has shown that women find humor to be a sign of intelligence.
Now, go get em’ tiger!
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