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New study reveals women don't want a man who is handsome or very clever

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Aug 22, 2018, 8:03 pm IST
Updated Aug 22, 2018, 8:03 pm IST
Researchers asked people what they found attractive in a potential romantic partner.
New study reveals women don't want a man who is handsome or very clever. (Photo: Pexels)
 New study reveals women don't want a man who is handsome or very clever. (Photo: Pexels)

A new study looking into what men and women want in a potential romantic partner provides fascinating insight.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia conducted the study.

 

Good looks, cleverness, kindness and being easy-going were the qualities people had to rate for the study.

Surprisingly, the results revealed women did not want a handsome or very clever man. However, that was not the general consensus for what men are looking for.

"Women said a partner would be more attractive if they were more intelligent than 90 per cent of the population," the Daily Mail reported.

However, if the person was more intelligent that the rest of the population then  attractiveness decreased. The results were the same for physical attractiveness and being easy-going

 

"It is well established that several mate characteristics are valued highly in a prospective partner," co-author of the study Dr Gilles Gignac told the Daily Mail.

Adding, "But the sort of continuous measurement used in our research is making it clear that several of these characteristics are associated with a threshold effect – in other words, you can have too much of a good thing."

The findings were originally published in the British Journal of Psychology.

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