Men Prefer Face Over Figure

While a hot body might win out for a quick roll in the hay, men prefer a pretty face when considering a long-term relationship. David Buss and colleagues from the University of Texas Psychology Department showed 375 college students photos of bodies and faces and asked them to rate each as a prospect for quick sex or a long-term relationship. A pretty face won by a large margin. Men looked for facial features that suggested youth and health–signs of reproductive capacity. Men were also interested in facial cues that suggested emotional intimacy. This study was part of the current trend in evolutionary psychology that suggests that our choice of mates is determined by our genes. (Evolution and Human Behavior, 31: 348-353, 2010)