Women prefer attractiveness in men over other traits
It’s not just men! A new study shows that when looking for a potential partner, women, too, are likely to choose partners who are physically attractive, no matter how respectful, friendly, ambitious or intelligent the others may be. The findings, however, revealed that mothers are not quite as picky though, and will choose a man who is only reasonably attractive for their daughters.
Madeleine Fugere of the Eastern Connecticut State University in the US says: “This indicates that women and their mothers may have different notions of what constitutes a minimally acceptable level of physical attractiveness... However, when a range of attractiveness levels are presented, physical attractiveness takes priority over other characteristics.”
Further, though women and their parents always rate traits like respectfulness and friendliness as more important than physical attractiveness, yet they assume that the potential mates, at least, meet a minimally acceptable standard of physical attractiveness, the researchers said.
Even when unattractive men possessed the most desirable traits, the mothers and daughters did not view them as potential dating material, the researchers said, concluding that attractiveness tends to take precedence over everything else for both men and women.
Women and their mothers, however, tend to have different notions of what constitutes a minimally acceptable level of physical attractiveness in men