Male-looking men are more likely to be identified as cheaters, but female faces mean they can easily get away with an affair, study claims
- Those who chose male-looking men as cheats had a higher success rate
- But better looking men would not cheat more than average
- Feminity in a face did not predict infidelity in women, the study found
- It can be an evolution and male men can indeed have more uncommitted sex
If you are afraid that your partner might cheat on you, look carefully at his face.
A man's face can give clues as to whether he has been unfaithful or has stolen someone else's partner.
But, the researchers found, women's faces show no signs of infidelity.
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A man's face can give clues as to whether he has been unfaithful or has stolen someone else's partner. But, the researchers found, women's faces show no signs of infidelity
When 751 men and women were given photos of male faces in an investigation, almost one in five was able to predict whether that man would cheat or meet someone in a relationship.
It helps women to be wary of potential partners who are least likely to help raise a family.
In the meantime, men benefit from knowing their peers planning to steal their wives or girlfriends.
The predictions were not always correct, but exceeded the chances of getting it through chance.
The main clue seems to be masculinity, because men with male faces are more likely to pursue sex without stringency and have multiple partners.
Perhaps, however, it was surprising that better-looking men were no longer inclined to steal someone else's partner.
The study, from the University of Western Australia, says: & # 39; From an evolutionary perspective, there are significant reproduction costs associated with having an unfaithful partner.
& # 39; Both sexes risk losing valuable resources or even a partner to a competitor. In addition, men run the risk of being cuckolded and investing their resources in a genetically unrelated child. & # 39;
Our caveman's past can be to blame for our ability to identify an unreliable man. At that time, men had to spot rivals so that they could not offer scarce food and protection to children who were conceived by another man instead of their own children.
Cavewomen may have lost an important partner if his head could easily be turned and he ran off with someone else.
To test whether we have indeed evolved to recognize unreliable men, researchers presented 100 photos of men.
They were asked to rate them on a 10-point scale because they were & # 39; unfaithful & # 39; goods.
The photos were of men who had already provided information about their former infidelity.
The research results show that both men and women have successfully selected those men who were unreliable with a success rate that was better than chance. Of the people, 14 to 18 percent were right with the accuracy of the upper probability.
Photos of men's faces were previously judged by other people for their masculinity, attractiveness and reliability.
The results show that men and women were more likely to judge men with male faces as being unfaithful, and that this was probably true.
The study states: & # 39; Male masculinity indicates the tendency of men to apply short-term mating strategies, with more male men having more sexual partners and a more positive attitude towards uncommitted sex and multiple pairings.
When 751 men and women were given photos of male faces in an investigation, almost one in five was able to predict whether that man would cheat or come together with someone in a relationship
It has been suggested that more attractive men cheat more often, while other women try to lure them away. But the study, published in the Royal Society Open Science journal, found that not the case.
How & # 39; unreliable & # 39; someone's face appeared not to be important either.
Researchers also asked men and women to predict the likelihood of women being unfaithful in photos, but they failed to do so.
This is perhaps because women with a female face are not more likely to cheat, so any clues to the face are less obvious.
However, the study did not find that people could judge the faces of men with high accuracy, and the study concluded that we should not rely on our first impressions to make diagnostic assessments of infidelity in everyday situations. & # 39;