Okay, probably don’t go as far as changing your name to get a date. But according to scientists, men with names with vowel sounds made at the front of the mouth (e.g. Tim, Ben) rate more attractive than those with rounder sounds (e.g. Tom).
It’s the opposite for girls, so, as The Daily Mail notes, a Holly is perceived as more attractive than a Jess.
The British daily compiled the results of recent scientific studies on attractiveness. (Or not-so-recent — MIT announced its pleasing-sounding-name research in 2004.)
The Daily Mail’s list?
- Guys and gals in red are perceived as more attractive.
- Women are more attracted to guys who appear “taken.”
- Women appear more attractive to guys when surrounded with other women, but not other guys.
- Humor is good, cheesiness is not.
The overall advice? “Make yourself seem as popular as possible.”
Thank you, science, but this is nothing new, of course. Hasn’t everyone wanted to hang with popular people since grade school? Would we expect that to change when looking for a mate?
Of course, the gimmick here is that it’s all about making that first impression and nothing about keeping one’s interest. Trust me, that red sweater is going to have to go to the cleaners at some point.
So, what keeps the intrigue after the contact’s been made? I put that question to you, CatholicMatchers. What qualities are you looking for that will keep you in a relationship, rather than leaving when those superficial first attractors fade?