Men with facial scars are more attractive to women seeking short-term relationships, scientists at the University of Liverpool have found. It was previously assumed that in Western cultures scarring was an unattractive facial feature and in non-Western cultures they were perceived as a sign of maturity and strength. Scientists at Liverpool and Stirling University, however, have found that Western women find scarring on men attractive and may associate it with health and bravery. Researchers investigated how scarring might impact on mate choice for men and women seeking both long-term and short-term relationships.
Scientists find facial scars increase attractiveness
Men With Facial Scars Are More Attractive To Women Seeking Short-term Relationships -- ScienceDaily
They give Action Man a certain ruggedness and bestow instant testosterone on movie heroes, and according to British psychologists, facial scars can also make men more attractive to the opposite sex. Men with mild facial scars were typically ranked as more appealing by women who were looking for a brief relationship, though they were not considered better as marriage material, a study found. In the same experiments, women with facial scars were judged to be as attractive as those without, the researchers said. The sexual allure of the facial scar has long puzzled psychologists.
This Surprising Feature Makes Men More Attractive for a Fling, Study Says
In Western societies, it's widely accepted that facial scarring makes a person less attractive. You only need to look to scores of films and cartoons where the "bad guy" has a huge scar on his cheek to know that many people attribute certain negative qualities to those with facial disfigurement. In fact, a study conducted in the '70s revealed that those with facial scars were unfairly presumed to be less honest, sincere, popular , attractive, and kind. Today, things look a little different: while there is still a level of stigma surrounding more severe facial trauma, newer research shows that women find some facial scarring attractive in men, especially when a woman is considering him for a fling. One study published in the journal Elsevier revealed that today, men with non-severe facial scarring advertise more "valued traits" than in the past.
Here's something exciting for men dreading facial scars. A new study has found that scars increase men's attractiveness to a woman. The research team from the universities of Liverpool and Stirling has found that even though women find men with scars on their face more attractive, they would not have a long-term relationship with them. During the study, almost people were asked to look at pictures of men and women, some of which had been manipulated to have different scars.