It seems like men have an altogether simple alternative and choice to make when it comes to bagging reverence by other men: growing a beard. While, on the other hand, if a man wants to attract a woman, then shaving off the beard is the best that can be done.
A study conducted in this regard, which was carried out by a team of researchers from Canada and New Zealand, has been made available in the recent edition of the Behavioral Ecology. It made use of images of men from different regions of New Zealand as well as from Samoa in a number of normal poses and then with angry facial expressions, with both the images having full beards that had reportedly been grown over a period of six weeks of untrimmed growth, for the purpose of determining the manner in which men were perceived.
The researchers further presented the before and after pictures of those men to more than 200 women, and said the women to provide a rating on the attractiveness of men showed in the picture.
No matter what the nationality is, it was found that women are more attracted to clean-shaven men as they find them considerably good-looking.
However, it was not the place that would have confined the researchers, as they then showed the images, normal ones and also those with angry ones, to a large number of males, and they claimed that because of beards the 19 people who were captured by the camera looked older as well as angrier.
But still, there exists some sort of a reason to go with the facial hair, as the study further found that both men as well as women asserted that men with beard generally had a deep sense of “gravitas”, and the majority of men claimed the beard mostly provides an impression of higher social status and therefore provides admiration.