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October 3, 2013

5 Laws of Sexual Attraction


You’ve no doubt heard the term sexual attraction, but do you really know how deeply it can affect your life? Maybe you don’t take much time to think about why you’re attracted to certain people, but deep down it comes down to your hard-wiring. Many scientific studies have been done over the years in hopes of unveiling some of these so-called “Laws of Attraction.” The Huffington Post recently discussed 17 eye-opening facts about sexual attraction. Below is a sampling of those facts that might make you think a little bit more about who you are attracted to and why.

Age Matters

According to a study from the University of St. Andrews, it matters how old your parents were when they had you. If you were born to parents who were older than 30 when they had you, you are more likely to be attracted to more mature-looking people. Interestingly, for men, this preference was based more so on their mother’s age at their birth rather than their father’s age, but it only stands true for long-term relationships.

Facial Details Matter

Women and men tend to go after partners who showcase high levels of testosterone and estrogen. Men with a large jaw and more prominent brow are more attractive to women, whereas men go for women who have a smaller chin and less prominent brow.  This, of course, doesn’t mean that every man or woman looks for these features in a potential mate, but from the studies done on the subject this seems to be the case more often than not.

Colors Matter

It’s often said that red is the color of love and there are studies to prove it. Both men and women tend to find partners who wear red to be more attractive and desirable. So ladies and gents, if you’re looking to meet Mr. or Mrs. Right, be sure to incorporate some crimson into your wardrobe.

The Time of the Month Matters

Ever realize that at certain points in the month your taste in guys or girls changes a little bit? Women are more likely to go after masculine-looking men when they’re ovulating, which is handy because men seem to find ovulating women more attractive. Take that into consideration next time you make plans to go out and mingle with some new friends.

Facial Hair Matters

If you had to choose from the following 3 options which would you choose: full beard, heavy stubble or clean-shaven? If you chose heavy stubble, your choice is right on par with studies about female preferences on male facial hair. Facial hair makes men seem more masculine, as well as more dominant, which is why women may back away from fully bearded men.

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About the Author

Elisa Freese
Elisa Freese is a lifelong New Yorker with a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz and a Master’s degree from New York University. She has always had a love for writing and now that school and homework are finally done forever, Elisa is going back to writing on a regular basis. In addition to writing, Elisa loves anything that has to do with traveling, shopping, social media and TV/movies. With her experiences, as well as the experiences of her friends and family, Elisa hopes to shed some light on the ins and outs of dating to the readers of Nouveau Dating.

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