One Night Stand, or Long Haul? It's all in your Face.
I, and many of my friends, always thought we could tell what was what (or at least, so I'm told).
A group of 700 heterosexual participants in Durham, England were shown images of the opposite sex, and asked how they perceived the individual in the image - sexually. The two images, composites of over 60 university students, were grouped into either "short sexual relationship" or "long term relationship" based on a previous, detailed questionnaire. The results:
- Men prefer women who they perceive are interested in short-term sexual relationships
- Women are interested in the very opposite: women were more interested in long term relationship"
- Women open to short-term sexual relationships were perceived as more attractive by men
Lead author Dr Lynda Boothroyd from Durham University’s Psychology Department said: “Our results suggest that although some people can judge the sexual strategy of others simply from looking at their face, people are not always sure about their judgements possibly because the cues are very subtle. Yet preferences for different types of face were actually quite strong.
“This shows that these initial impressions may be part of how we assess potential mates – or potential rivals – when we first meet them. These will then give way over time to more in depth knowledge of that person, as you get to know them better, and may change with age”.