8 Traits People Find Attractive, According to Science

Although we think of love as a mystical, magical thing, there is a lot of science behind who and what we find attractive. Of course, we all have our own personal taste, but according to science, there is a lot more to it than that. Here are some of the most desirable traits according to extensive research

A sense of humor

Studies have shown that women are developing an attraction to future partners who are fun to be with. The theory is that this is because a sense of humor can be an indicate if the partner is smart, which we are genetically forced to look for. This study also showed that although men do think that it is relatively important, they do not feel that funnier people are overall more desirable.

Being nice

They say that no one likes a nice guy, but actually, science suggests that this is not the case. A study involving 120 people across three different groups had each of them rating 60 photographs of strangers with neutral facial expressions. A few weeks later the groups would then see the pictures again, but this time, one group would read positive attributes about each person in the photograph, another group would read negative ones, and the final control group saw no attributes. This showed that people were more attracted to the faces with positive attributes.

How you sound

A study indicated that men find women with high–pitched voices more attractive as it suggests they are young, and somehow it makes them appear thinner. Women are attracted to men with baritone vocals as it suggests that they have higher testosterone and are therefore more masculine.

Group socializing

Studies have shown that people seem more attractive in groups. There are a few theories as to why this is, one of which being that our brain scans the faces of a group and find an average attractiveness which can make some people seem attractive than if they were alone.

Financial responsibility

You don’t have to be rich for a partner to find your money attractive, but simply having a handle on your financial responsibility is very important. 69% of the 2000 people questioned as part of a study said that they found financial responsibility very, or extremely important when it comes to choosing a partner – more important even than humor or physical attraction.


So if you’re worried about your physical attractiveness, remember that there are so many other attributes that rank much higher!