If you’re single and looking for a date, this is a great time to be an Australian in New York.
The Research 2023 Highlands titles surveyed 1,000 Americans about their perceptions of different accents; finding an Aussie was considered most attractive among both women and men.
However, having a New York touch can hold you back when trying to find a romantic partner as it turns out to be the least attractive.
The research found that in terms of attractiveness, an Australian accent had a Scottish, London, Irish, French, Italian, Welsh and Brummie voice.
The least attractive accents were New Yorker, followed by Boston accent, American Midwestern, Canadian, American Southern, Spanish, German and Yorkshire.
Respondents were also asked to determine which stereotypes are commonly associated with certain accents.
The dullest accents were Canadian, American Mid-Atlantic and New York and the most soothing were Canadian, Scottish and Australian.
Those who sound confident may have a Boston, New Zealand or German accent, and the most intelligent accents come from London, Germany and Birmingham.
The most advanced people are likely to be found in London, Germany or Birmingham, the research shows.
Among the survey respondents, 52 percent were men and 48 percent were women. Moreover, 47 percent were attracted to men and 62 percent to women.
Generationally, 15 percent were baby boomers, 25 percent generation X, 50 percent millennials and 10 percent generation Z.
According to the Highlands Titles Study, singles with an accent can be an advantage when trying to secure a date. 71 percent of survey participants responded that they are interested in dating someone with an accent.
For the study, 1,000 Americans were surveyed and asked what they thought of certain accents. They were also asked about actors’ accents
There are some evolutionary theories that suggest that people find foreign accents attractive because they suggest a more exotic gene pool
The study also asked participants about celebrity accents, asking who they thought had the most difficult accents to understand and who had the nicest accents.
More than three-quarters of people attracted to women wanted to date someone with an accent, and of those attracted to men, 67 percent did so.
The audio clips used to interview respondents were taken from the Speech Accent Archive, created by George Mason University.
The attraction to certain accents is not a new concept studies that demonstrate attractiveness is linked to voting.
There are some evolutionary theories that suggest that people find foreign accents attractive because they suggest a more exotic gene pool.
Australian accents such as Hugh Jackman’s (pictured) were considered the most popular among men and women
The love of an Aussie accent could stem from its association with famous Australian actors, such as Margot Robbie (left) and Chris Hemsworth (right)
Respondents to the survey said the most intelligent accents come from London, Germany and Birmingham. The photo shows British actress Keira Knightley
But others say it has to do with cultural biases.
So the love for an Aussie accent could stem from its association with famous Australian actors such as Chris Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman – both of whom have been voted People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive on various occasions – and with popular actress Margot Robbie.
“It’s all about aesthetics,” Susan Tamasi, a sociolinguist at Emory University, told me Your Tango.
‘There is no linguistic point in saying that one accent is more pleasant than another.’