Two recent studies from two different countries suggest that women are more attracted to men when they’re holding a guitar. I, for one, do not discriminate, and if the man is, say, Ryan Gosling, I will be attracted to him whether he’s holding a guitar, a ukelele, or my gaze from across a crowded subway platform (What? Crazier things have happened! Drew would understand).
A study in France published just this week featured a 20-year-old man “previously evaluated as having a high level of physical attractiveness” who approached 300 women aged 18-22 in a French urban shopping district one Saturday afternoon. He introduced himself, told each woman he thought she was pretty, and then asked for her phone number. For a third of these encounters, he carried a guitar case, for another third, he held a gym bag, and the remaining third he was empty-handed.
Guess what? The guitar case was like a freakin’ aphrodisiac to these young French women. He scored numbers from 31% of them when he had the guitar in hand, compared to 14% when he had nothing, and a measly 9% when he was carrying the gym bag (sorry, muscle-heads).
In the other study, conducted last year in Israel, 100 single female college students received a Facebook friend request from a guy with the message, ‘Hey, what’s up? I like your photo.’ (I guess Israeli men aren’t any slicker than their American counterparts. “I like your photo”? Really? Anyway). Half the women saw an accompanying photo of a man holding a guitar and the other half saw a photo of the same man with no guitar.
And guess what? Guitars are a freakin’ aphrodisiac to young Israeli women too! While only 10% accepted the friend request from the guy with no guitar, 28% said, “Hell yeah” to the same guy when he was pictured with his guitar.
The researchers scratched their heads, trying to figure out why women would be more attracted to guitar-wielders, hypothesizing that music is strongly related to mating, that music ability is linked to physical and intellectual abilities — clearly the researchers haven’t watched the Grammys in recent years… — a strong work ethic, willingness to practice, and finally, linking musicality to prenatal exposure to testosterone, which, apparently, is a signal for male fertilizing ability.
Hey, researchers, lemme help you out: musicians are sexy. The way they hold their instruments? Makes women imagine how they’d handle … well, their instruments, their bodies. The way they sorta close their eyes when they get all into their playing? Hot. Unless they’re John Mayer, in which case, not hot, just icky. But, you get what I’m saying. This isn’t some big mystery.
What IS mysterious though is that men don’t seem to be turned on by musicians of the opposite sex the same way women are. When the researchers conducted a similar experiment using the Facebook profile of a woman, the presence of a guitar in her photo made no difference in how the male subjects responded to her. I’d love to know how they might respond to a photo of a woman holding a brownie.
[via Pacific Standard]