Did you just meet a guy and can’t stop thinking about him? Had a witty conversation with a girl in the party last night and you are already head over heels in love with her? Have you ever wondered what leads to such physical and sexual attraction?
You and your bestie may not find the same girl/boy sexy or hot. Finding someone attractive or not is linked to biological, psychological, and experience-based factors.
Here are some science-backed reasons that make someone attractive:
1. Face shape
Men love women with big eyes, thicker lips, round cheeks and women love men with a strong jawline, flaring cheeks and large eyebrows according to researchers at the Natural History Museum. It means men love women with facial features that are classically feminine and women love men with facial features that are classically masculine. Faces of both men and women differ and this is known as facial dimorphism.
Some studies found that averageness (faces with not so unique features) and simple faces are often considered most attractive, possibly because standard faces represent a more diverse set of genes.
Facial maturity also plays a great role in physical and sexual attraction. In a study, participants rated younger looking faces as more attractive.
2. Facial scars (in men)
Hello gents! Do you curse yourself for that scar on your face?
Well, facial scars in men give them a certain ruggedness, making them more attractive to the opposite sex. Also, in some experiments, women with facial scars were judged to be as attractive as those without.
A scar can be due to fights, accidents, adveturous activities or any violent encounter. Scars on men’s faces indicate that you are active, risk-taker and leading an exciting life. Therefore a scar is a way to assess men’s masculinity.
“A large scar is unlikely to make you more attractive, but there are some scars that women do seem to find appealing” said Robert Burriss, a psychologist at Liverpool who led the study.
According to another study, women attracted to facial scars in men were interested in short-term relationships and preferred unblemished faces for long-term relationships. This could be because men without facial scars are seen as more caring and cautious.
Studies show that women prefer men with low voices and there is something inherently biological in this. It’s all about hormones. In the case of women higher voice is seen as feminine, but a lower voice in men is associated with more testosterone.
Researchers have found that people with symmetrical features are found more attractive. The majority of people don’t have left and the right side of the face looking like each other.
When you look at the pretty face with similar proportions on both sides, it looks normal and you tend to like it according to Anthony Little, a psychologist at the University of Stirling in Scotland. Also, it is easier for human brains to process symmetrical faces than asymmetrical ones.
Another study found that people with symmetrical faces tend to be healthier than asymmetrical people because they have lower levels of oxidative stress. So, a healthy and pretty face will always be attractive.
You must have heard people saying birds of a feather flock together. Right? Well, similarity in terms of physical appearance and personality is also linked to attractiveness in both genders.