Advertisement
Icon WebMD Expert Blogs

This blog has been retired.

Important:

The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, review, ratings, or blogs are solely those of the User, who may or may not have... Expand

The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, reviews, ratings, or blogs are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Do not consider WebMD User-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.

Hide

Monday, March 12, 2012

Study Suggests Beards Get Respect, but No Love

By Brianne Moore

bearded man

Has stubble lost its sex appeal? A study recently published in Behavioral Ecology suggests that women find bearded men less attractive and more aggressive than those who are clean shaven, but both men and women thought bearded men had the appearance of higher social status.

The study used pictures of men from New Zealand and Samoa who were shown making angry faces while wearing a full beard (over six weeks’ growth, no trimming) and clean shaven. The photos were viewed by more than 200 women, who were asked to rate the men’s attractiveness. The women judged the men more attractive when they were clean shaven. The pictures were then shown to other men, who thought the beards made the men in the photos look older and more aggressive.

Curiously, both sexes agreed that facial hair adds “gravitas,” and that the bearded men appeared to have a higher social status and commanded more respect from other men.

So, apparently beards are out, for those looking to score a date, but what about a day or two’s worth of stubble? Previous research indicates that light stubble actually makes men more attractive to women than being clean shaven.

What do you think, readers? Is a beard attractive or not? Sound off in the comments below.

Photo: AbleStock

Posted by: Brianne Moore at 5:21 pm

Comments

Leave a comment

Contributors

  • Leona Perry
  • Mare Stern
  • Kathy Williams
  • Mona Lucas

Subscribe & Stay Informed

WebMD Daily

Get your daily dose of healthy living, diet, exercise and health news from WebMD!

Archives

WebMD Health News