You can’t argue with science, babe
A research paper, published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, has concluded that the masculinity of men’s beards are strongly related to how attractive women find them, particularly when it comes to those of us who are searching for a long-term bae.
The researchers involved in the study used facial morphing tools to change men’s facial traits and monitored how attractive women rated them as the effects changed.
The men with stubble are dubbed the hottest overall (we can’t disagree with that), but prove better for short-term flings. Full-bearded males on the other hand are considered most attractive and were judged as most appealing when scoping out boyfriend material.
“Our findings suggest that beardedness may be attractive when judging long-term relationships as a signal of intrasexual formidability and the potential to provide direct benefits to females,” lead researcher, Dr Barnaby Dixson said, writing in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology.
As if we needed another reason for wanting to date bearded babes like The Gos, Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Reynolds, and Alexander Skarsgard, right?!