Women Love Bad Boys? Not During a Recession
Sometimes it pays to wear your heart on your sleeve.
If you're a sensitive guy who feels ignored by women because they're constantly chasing after the stereotypical bad boy, I have good news.
Researchers at Southampton Solent University have discovered that during tough economic times, women are more attracted to men who are gentler and less dominant. Or, as the Daily Mail has dubbed them: wimps.
More than 150 women took part in the study, which involved rating the online profiles of various men. The profiles, all of which were fictitious, revealed how much money the men were capable of making and also how dominant they were. Some profiles described the man as a leader, others as a follower. Before they reviewed the profiles, the women took a language test, which included words like "bankruptcy," to put thoughts of the recession into their minds. The study found that the women opted for both men with money and more sensitive men. According to the Daily Mail, researchers concluded that the women believed sensitive men were less likely to cheat, making them "a better bet to ride out the economic storm."
But aren't nice, caring men just better mates, in general? As relationship site YourTango asks:
"Can we start calling quality men something other than wimpy? It seems unfair to demote these marriage-material guys with a word that's defined as 'weak and ineffectual.'"
And often, a bad boy—or alpha male—can turn into the sensitive type. One reader commented:
"I know of Macho types that are that way on the outside, but very sensitive and caring at home."
On the guy's side, their tastes also change during an economic downturn. Another study revealed that men prefer "curvier" women during tough financial times. When the economy is prosperous, they go for younger women with big eyes and softer features.
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theres nothing in this article that shows any promise for gentle guys who have a hard time getting girls attracted to THEM. this study has shown one thing: that the girl is attracted to his money. people in a position like mine with little money income are still SOL and on top of that when the economy finnaly does pick back up, she'll pack back up.
i hope that in years to come superior education and the exposure of the 'bad boys' who turn into spouse abusers once married will finnaly sway females to make more informed descisions.
Women secretly want the bad boy all of their life but realize they can't attract them anymore and bad boys can't provide them the lifestyle they want. Stupid bad boy chasing woman will love their losers forever because losers love losers.
Don't be a captain save a hoe fellas. Woman don't like good guys in a recession, they like good guy's resources. Secretly she want's to pork Charlie Sheen. lol
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