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More On Attraction - Rubin

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It's interesting that shortly after I determined that it's near impossible to describe attraction without examples, that match.com now has a decent attraction "test". It offers pictures and drawings of different faces and bodies in several test to judge what you find attractive. One test asks you rate the attractiveness on a scale of not attractive to Wow! (a 9 point scale). Other tests make you quickly select from two (or more) pictures who is attractive, who is the most attractive of the pictures, and who is the least attractive.

It's pretty much what I was thinking that should be created in my last post to judge attraction, so I took it because it's free (What can I say, I'm cheap - women find that attractive, right? 8-)
Some of the results are debatable (that I have prefer blondes) and some is pretty accurate (not many people realize I'm attracted to slender women), but I think it's cool someone is attempting to scientifically define attractiveness.


  • Your choices suggest a woman over 45 may be a little old for you

  • You seemed interested in dating a woman at least 25 or older

  • Pretty women

  • Sharp, narrow chins

  • Wide and angular "diamond" or heart-shaped faces

  • So-called "Ecto-Mesomorphs," with narrow chins and nicely angular faces

Your Type
Your physical "type" refers to women you find appealing and whom you expect would find you attractive as well. In the test, you picked about the same number of women as attractive as most men who take the test. However, whom you chose was unique.

The choices you made in the test suggest you have strong, automatic preferences for certain types of women. You made your choices quickly suggesting you have clear physical instincts. A variety of features stood out as important to you. This report explores these features in detail. To start, look at the list of features below that were most common among the women you liked. These "turn ons" were noted in different combinations across many of your choices.

Unique Traits
This report highlights your "unique" tastes, or what makes some women personally attractive to you but not to everyone else.

Interestingly, a lot of the features you liked are not especially popular. They're not what usually defines "mainstream" attractiveness for women. But who cares what the mainstream thinks?! Below is a list of some of the unique features you found appealing in women.

Not Your Type
Women who are "Not Your Type" are not seen as appealing and would typically not be considered candidates for dates or relationships (unless they had other extraordinary qualities). In the test, you picked more women as appealing than you picked as unappealing.

Although you quickly knew who was not appealing to you, there were only a few common features that set them apart. See this short list below. Obviously, you just know what does and does not work for you physically.

How Many Men Share Your Taste in Women?
How many other men your age like this type of woman? Looking at over 10,000 men in your age group who have taken the test, about 39% are attracted to the same types you are.

Are You Picky?
Who is attractive or beautiful? Men approach this in five different ways, from being very open to very picky, and from mainstream tastes to more unique tastes. Here's what your choices told us.

What Is Your Approach to Judging Which Women Are Beautiful or Very Attractive?
Picky: Okay, you qualify as "picky," or maybe you just have a clearer idea than most men about what you like in women. It's almost instinctual for you. In a crowded room, you can quickly spot the most attractive woman. Even if you only catch her out of the corner of your eye, you know which women have "the right stuff." You probably struggle with balancing your natural instincts, which draw you to good looking women, with your desire to find smart, mature, and well-rounded women. But you're also a realist. You know how important a physical "spark" is in a relationship and can't settle for less. Still, in the test, you seemed to recognize the difference between "eye candy," women who are just nice to look at, and more approachable cute women.

How You Compare
Selective: You are more selective than most men in the types of women you find appealing. You're not someone who only goes for women with "movie star" good looks, but you still have high standards. You appreciate women with "traditional" or "mainstream" appeal. Of course, this can put you in competition with other men for the more popular women. Let others fight over the "movie stars" and you'll find a more unique gal who can be your own personal "star." See the pie chart below to see how many men fall into picky or open categories.

Your Favorite Face Types
Faces are made of different combinations of features and structures. You chose two particular patterns of women's faces repeatedly across a variety of ages, coloring, and attractiveness levels.
Faces known scientifically as "Ecto-Mesomorphs" repeatedly caught your eye. Women express this type in two ways. One version has a rectangular face shape that is long and narrow. The other type's face shape is often compared to a diamond or a heart, because it is wide at the cheeks and then has a sharply angled jaw. Ecto-Mesomorph women have either delicate pointed chins or chins that are slightly squared-off or rounded at the base. This "classic" face type is one of the most idealized for women and can be found on most movie and music idols. These women also tend to have lean, but shapely, builds when they're young. About 57% of other men especially prefer women with this face type.

So-called "Mesomorph" faces also appealed to you. These faces can be shaped like a square or a rectangle. These women have striking jaws that are squared at the base and prominent in the profile. This is in contrast to the sunken chins that are common among other female face types. This face type does not give women a "dainty" or "delicate" impression, but instead conveys a strength and confidence more common to beauty than "cuteness." These women are also known for their full lips and shapely figures. About 41% of other men especially prefer women with this face type.

Aside from the specific face types and features you like, there is often an overall "quality" about a woman that makes her especially appealing. There's something about her style and the personality she conveys that sets her apart. Next, we illustrate two "looks" that capture some of the common traits we saw across your choices.

You liked a group of women we call "Gems," because of their diamond or heart-shaped faces. Their pretty faces and light skin are usually framed by blonde, softly curled hair. With small, delicate features they convey an overall impression of femininity and sweetness that most men find appealing. About 1 in 5 men (21%) share your search for these gems.

Women with a "Girl Next Door" appeal also caught your eye during the test. Most of these women were young adults, but there's something about their "girlish" and "innocent" look and charm that will stay with them even as they get older. Long, straight hair (often light brown), an open and warm face, very feminine features, and a soft smile are among the hallmarks of this look. 1 in 5 men (20%) describe this as their favorite "look."

Your Favorite Body Types
One type of body you seemed to like is scientifically called an "Ectomorph," which is a fancy way of saying you like "skinny" women. Since these women don't get as much attention as the cheerleaders, she'd probably be surprised to know that for you skinny is sexy. Women with this body type are long, lean, and lanky, with a small, delicate bone structure, narrow hips, and a flat stomach. She doesn't have as many curves as some of the other body types, but these women tend to stay thin throughout their lives. Ectomorphs are built for endurance activities like running and fitness walking rather than sports that require bursts of speed and strength. They make up around 3% of the single population. Keep your eyes out for signs like long necks, pointed chins, prominent noses, and long arms and legs.

A woman's height is extremely important to some men. According to choices you made in the test, you prefer to date women who are at least 2 inches shorter than you are.
(as opposed to the 7ft towering giant in the drawing they offer - that's probably true 8-)

Other Body Types You Like
Another type of body that you especially like is scientifically called an "Ecto-Mesomorph," which is a fancy way of saying that you like slim, delicate, small-framed women. Their narrow body frames and long legs support long, thin muscles, which are made for sports like swimming and rowing. She probably won't gain weight no matter what she eats, and doesn't understand why! She's not as curvy as some other body types, but most models, television, and movie stars have this body type, which has become our society's current "ideal." These women make up around 4% of the single population. Keep your eyes out for signs like narrow necks, diamond-shaped faces with angular jaws and delicately pointed chins, small butts, and relatively long arms and legs.

Breast Size
While you may enjoy looking at different breast sizes, based upon the choices you made, you prefer a woman with larger, fuller breasts.
(While it is true that I enjoy looking at different sized breasts... To be fair, I think Match.com should rethink the breast section. They offered close up shots of women in unitards/bathing suits that you had to decide which of two cleavage shots looked better. I think this skews the results as larger breast size leads to a more prominate cleavage.)

According to the photos you selected, you like women with so-called "diamond" faces. The diamond face is usually very angular with its widest point at the temples, a somewhat short forehead, and longer tapered chin. Diamond faces are among the most common of the face shapes. Halle Berry and Reese Witherspoon have diamond faces.

You are drawn to women with pointed-square chins. With a pointed-square chin, the slope of the jaw begins just above or at the level of the mouth and ends in a medium leveling or wide rounding off at about smile width. Women with pointed-square chins usually have diamond or rectangular faces. This type of chin is very common in both male and female movie and TV stars.

You seemed especially interested in women with blue eyes. In the test, you may not have even noticed eye color on a conscious level. However, those beautiful blue eyes apparently stood out to you on an unconscious level. Supposedly, blue eyes give the impression of openness and honesty.
(Actually I think I have a thing for green eyes, blue is very nice as well 8-)

By your choices, you've shown that you're open to women who wear glasses. Glasses can make a huge difference in a woman's appearance. [Hey, it always worked for Wonder Woman!] Maybe those studious-looking horn-rimmed glasses turn you on. Or maybe you just enjoy a woman who has a variety of different "looks" and styles.

Nose Type
You have an eye for women with attractive noses. You seemed especially interested in women with what's called a "Button" nose. These noses tend to be short in length, with a small bulb or "button" at the tip. From a profile, button noses turn slightly upward at the tip. Even though you liked women with a variety of nose types, you seemed especially drawn to women with a "cute" and approachable look, which button noses tend to convey.

Nose Size
Regardless of the type or shape of the nose, you typically liked women's noses to be relatively small. Larger noses can distract from the woman's overall looks and did not seem to appeal to you in the test.

You really notice women's lips. In the test, you showed a preference for women with full, very kissable lips. Luscious upper and lower lips that are accentuated by richly colored lipstick are definite turn-ons for you.

There's something intriguing to you about a woman with only a slight smile or even a serious expression. You picked more women who were not smiling than we'd expect. Perhaps you like the mystery and depth that these women chose to convey.

Hair Style
Although you liked women with a variety of hair styles, you seemed to have a special interest in women with full, wavy hair. Although straight hair has been in fashion recently, wavy hair has historically been the "ideal" and most desired hair type for women. Thick, wavy hair tends to give women a very feminine and stylish look. And it's by far the best hair to run your fingers through!

Hair Length
You liked women with a variety of hair cuts, but you gave special attention to women with long hair. You seem to really appreciate women with beautiful hair. It's one of the qualities that seemed to grab your attention during the test. The good news is that long hair is coming back in style. So, there will be more and more who'll catch your eye. There will be lots of women whose long hair gives them a "feminine" and "girlish" quality you appear to be drawn to.

Hair Color
Blondes really catch your eye. In the test, you picked a definite subgroup of women who had a variety of different features and "looks," but many had blonde hair. Their hair seems to capture the youthful, natural quality in women that you find so personally appealing.
(There's a certain shade of brown I find incredibly attractive, so I think it's likely that I prefer brunettes - but then again most of the women I've date have been blondes, so they are nice too)

I await your questions after reviewing the test results 8-)
Current Mood: randy baby, yeah!
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Date:June 28th, 2004 03:54 pm (UTC)
So you like women with a Jay Leno chin?
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Date:June 28th, 2004 08:27 pm (UTC)
I didn't think so, but it does sound a bit like it.
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