Why flirting gives men a boost…
LONDON: Researchers at the University of California recently conducted an experiment to see if men experienced the boost observed in animals known as “mating response”, and discovered that yes, they certainly did.
They recruited 149 male students aged between 18 and 24, put a third of them in a room to talk to a 25-year-old male researcher, while the rest spoke to one of seven female undergraduates aged 18 to 22.
After a five-minute session, the men were asked to rate the attractiveness of the women between one and seven. The average score was 5.83.
The participants then produced a saliva sample. The men who’d talked to a woman showed, on average, a 14 percent increase in their testosterone levels, while their cortisol levels were up 48 percent.
These hormones are associated with alertness and well-being, so these men were feeling a lot better after their five-minute chat.
The men who’d talked to the male researcher saw their testosterone and cortisol drop 2 percent and 7 percent respectively and weren’t feeling so pukka.
So, gentlemen, next time you’re caught flirting just say, “I was, but as a result, I’m so full of testosterone and cortisol, I feel fabulous.
“It’s an animal thing,” you can add, “Take a look at the most recent proceedings of the Royal Society. It’s all in there.” – Belfast Telegraph