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Study: Women in Relationships Biased Against Hot Men

Ryan Gosling

Good news for (hetero) dudes in relationships: a recent study has found that women in relationships focus on the negative qualities of attractive men they aren’t dating.

Researchers showed undergraduate, heterosexual women, both in relationships and not, a series of photos of hot men. The participants were also told about specific behavioral traits of the hot men, some of them positive traits (he buys groceries for his grandma!) and some of them bad (he’s always late!). After the participants were shown the photos, they were then asked to recall the behavioral traits of each hot dude. Researchers “found that women in relationships were more likely to remember negative behavior exhibited by hotties when compared to their single counterparts.”

Though the study only focused on straight women (and very young straight women, at that), researchers say that the findings do suggest that “a woman’s relationship status can make her immune to a man she might otherwise find good-looking.” Well, this would explain why I think Ryan Gosling and every other hot celebrity and non-celebrity would be boring and annoying to date. See also: crotchety, middle-aged lady ain’t got time for no one’s shit but her husband’s (barely).

[via Time]

8 comments… add one
  • cmary May 19, 2014, 1:21 pm

    Who the hell provides funding for these “studies?” There are billions of more important things.

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    • Elin May 20, 2014, 10:59 am

      A lot of these studies are conducted on campuses, in psych departments by the undergrad students themselves. At my college, each psych major had to conduct at least one study where they just used the available student body for the research. And obviously Masters and PhD candidates have to conduct them as well. I’m not saying that’s definitely how this one went down, but a lot of these studies require little to no funding — just time and effort by the student conducting the study in order to graduate.
      I’m weirdly into these random little studies lol… I participated in every single one they needed people for at my college and three neighboring colleges!

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  • iwannatalktosampson May 19, 2014, 2:29 pm

    I totally get this! Whenever I’m in a (happy) relationship I always lose interest in other guys. Like I just won’t think they’re as attractive as I normally would. I think it’s natures way of keeping me in check and I like it.

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  • Portia May 19, 2014, 2:34 pm

    I love studies like this! My only question is why they came up with this experiment in the first place. It’s genius.
    But I bet that the decline effect would kick in with more studies like this…

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    • iwannatalktosampson May 19, 2014, 4:30 pm

      (I didn’t read the study so sorry if I’m dumb) – I would be interested to see if guys are the same way – and I’d go out on a limb and say no. I think guys in relationships still think that a hott girl is hott, and a charming/flirty girl is charming/flirty.

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  • bethany May 19, 2014, 4:33 pm

    So my interpretation of the results is a little different. Like maybe the ladies looked at the hot guys and only remembered the bad things on purpose to maybe somehow try to make themselves less attracted to them? Kind of like the “that guy’s smoking hot, I bet he’s an asshole” self-preservation type of thought?

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    • Elin May 20, 2014, 11:07 am

      Definitely could be, and that’s the cool thing about these studies; So much to think about! You get the “here’s what happened” results and the person conducting it draws conclusions… but of course they could be totally wrong! I’m seriously obsessed with these lol I love when Wendy posts psych studies.

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  • tbrucemom May 19, 2014, 7:19 pm

    I’m happily married and I can still appreciate other good looking men, especially Ryan Gosling!

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