7 Fascinating Facts About Human Attraction

Become more attractive

The pursuit to become more attractive is a $160 billion-a-year global industry that includes weight-loss programs, cosmetics, skin and hair care, perfumes, cosmetic surgery, health clubs, and hormone injections. Americans spend more money per year on beauty enhancements than they do on education.

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To become more attractive in the Middle Ages, affluent noblewomen would swallow arsenic or dab bat’s blood on their skin to improve their complexion. As recently as the 18th century, American women washed in the warm urine of a young boy to erase their freckles.

Younger women

In virtually every culture, men find younger women more attractive than older ones, most likely because human females are able to reproduce for only a limited time.

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In most cultures

In most cultures, women are more attracted to older men than they are to younger ones. Researchers explain that this is because men are capable of fathering children for nearly their entire adult lives and older men typically have more resources.

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Birth control pills effect

Birth control pills affect both a woman’s hormone levels and to whom they become attracted. Specifically, women taking birth control pills are more attracted to men with more pronounced masculine features than those who aren’t taking the pill. However, masculine traits are linked to higher testosterone levels, aggressive behavior, and even higher-than-average divorce rates.

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Regardless of the number of sexual partners a man or woman has been with, the more attractive a presumed new sexual partner is, the less likely a person is to take safe-sex precautions.

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The child of a couple in their 30s tends to find older faces more attractive than a child born to parents in their 20s.