Do Men With Deeper Voices Cheat?
Gents, want your night out to go your way? Try channeling your best James Earl Jones impression.
A study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that men with deeper voices are better at attracting women, but might not be the best marriage material.
"Until now, it's been unclear why women would like the voices of men who might cheat," said Dr Jillian O'Connor, from McMaster University in Canada, who was the study's lead author. "But we found that the more women thought these men would cheat, the more they were attracted to them for a brief relationship when they are less worried about fidelity."
For the study, the Canadian researchers had 87 women listen to men's voices that were digitally altered to sound higher or lower. The participants then chose who they thought would be more likely to cheat. The ladies were also asked to pick the voice that they thought was better for a long-term relationship versus a short-term one.
The results of the study indicate that baritone bad boys are seen as more suitable for a fling, but unlikely to stick around.
"From an evolutionary perspective, these perceptions of future sexual infidelity may be adaptive," explained David Feinberg, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behavior.
"The consequences of infidelity are very high whether it is emotional or financial and this research suggests that humans have evolved as a protection mechanism to avoid long-term partners who may cheat," he said.
This study might explain why Barry White songs have always been popular for the boudoir.
What type of voice do you prefer?