Human Aesthetics: Men want hot women

This is news?

This most obvious of observations was apparently confirmed by a German study with all of 46 participants. I’m not a social scientist, but shouldn’t a study like this draw from a larger cross-section of a population?

The participants began with a questionnaire and then moved to a speed-dating exercise. When the scientists compared the results of the questionnaire to choices the subjects made while speed-dating, they found a few things interesting. First of all, neither men or women stuck to the characteristics they claimed on paper to desire in a spouse when involved in three to seven minute dates. Secondly, men chose a potential mate based more or less on appearance (Who’s surprised here? Seven minutes barely gives you a chance to determine if she has man-hands.). Thirdly, women were much more particular than men and chose their future prince based on their own judgement of their own appearance:

    “The scientists said women were aware of the importance of their own attractiveness to men, and adjusted their expectations to select the more desirable guys. Women made offers to men who had overall qualities that were on a par with the women’s self-rated attractiveness. They didn’t greatly overshoot their attractiveness,” [the scientist] said, “because part of the goal for women is to choose men who would stay with them.”

    But, [the scientist] added, “they didn’t go lower. They knew what they could get and aimed for that level.”

This actually is all very interesting, but a twelve year old can figure these things out without polling such a minimal cross section of the culture.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

One Response to Human Aesthetics: Men want hot women

  1. Marissa says:

    “Seven minutes barely gives you a chance to determine if she has man-hands.”


    Seriously it totally makes sense from a genetic standpoint that men naturally put more stock in appearances than women. Duh!

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