50 Scientifically Tested Ways Men Can Look More Attractive to Women

Scientifically Proven Ways Men Can Look Sexier
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“You can’t hurry love, you just have to wait.” So trilled The Supremes (and Phil Collins) and, according to the experts, they were right.

“Dating can be hard and anxiety-provoking and there’s a market there for a short cut,” said Samantha Joel, the lead author of a University of Utah study that looked at what factors affect attraction. “What if you didn’t have to kiss all the frogs? What if you could skip to the part where you click with someone? But our data suggests that, at least with the tools we currently have available, there isn’t an easy fix for finding love.”

That’s still no excuse, fellas, for lazing on the couch waiting for Miss Right to magically appear. There are things you can do right now to  make yourself more attractive to prospective partners. We’re not just talking working out and eating right (although those are two very good things to do to look more attractive). We mean the types of pictures you should post to your dating profile (no selfies, include flowers though), the type of deodorant you should be using (scented) and the things you should be seen carrying (a guitar case, seriously).

So, guys, slide through for 50 scientifically tested tips to help you up your sex appeal and improve your dating game. 

1 Flirting
Look For Signs of Flirtation

Women in particular display a similar sequence of ways to flirt. "First the woman smiles at her admirer and lifts her eyebrows in a swift, jerky motion as she opens her eyes wide to gaze at him. Then she drops her eyelids, tilts her head down and to the side, and looks away. Frequently she also covers her face with her hands, giggling nervously as she retreats behind her palms,” says Rutgers University anthropologist Helen E. Fisher, based on her research.
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2 Attractive
Look For Someone As Attractive As You Are

Listen, you’re sexy and you know it, and you deserve the same in a partner. Doing this helps you avoid two things, says Nottingham Trent University psychologist Mark Sergeant. “If they are much better-looking than you, you are worried about them going off and having affairs. If they are much less attractive, you are worried that you could do better."
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3 Selfie
A Picture Says A Thousand Things

If you’re a straight man and you’re online dating, make sure your profile picture is you in front of a fancy car. A University of Wales Institute study found men pictured with a Bentley got more responses from women than men with a Ford Fiesta. Just be prepared for her to ask, “So where’s the Bentley,” on the first date.
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4 Dating Profile
Use These Words In Your Dating Profile

The dating site Zoosk found that dating profiles with the words “creative,” “ambitious,” or “laugh” got 33 percent more messages.
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5 Read
Be a Reader

The same study found that using words like “book” and “read” also received more responses than other profiles.
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6 Fitness
Act Like a Fitness Nut

The Zoosk dating site study also found that words like “jogging,” “running” and “lifting weights” received more responses. Just make sure you look like you actually enjoy jogging, running or weights.
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7 Tall
Be Tall

A 2008 college study found that only four percent of women would be in a relationship with a man shorter than them. So if you’re small, maybe invest in platforms?
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8 Guitar Case
Carry a Guitar Case

True story. A study from the journal Psychology of Music found that women are three times more likely to respond to a man’s invitation if the man was holding a guitar case as opposed to another item, like a briefcase of a sports bag. No word if an actual guitar is required, or just the case.
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9 George Clooney - REUTERS
Be George Clooney

We’re not talking about Face/Off identity swapping here, but the more put together you look, tailored, like George Clooney, the more women who are financially secure will be attracted to you, a University of Abertay Dundee study found.
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10 Stubble
Get Some Stubble

A University of New South Wales study found that women are more attracted to men with light stubble. So those days you forget to shave could be the days you’re at your sexiest.
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11 Buff
Get Buff If You Want a Short-Term Relationship

A University of California, Los Angeles study found that women, after rating 286 pictures of shirtless men, were more interested in men with big muscles for short-term relationships.
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12 Tone
Get Tone If You Want a Long-Term Relationship

The same University of California, Los Angeles study found that women were more interested in a long-term relationship with men who were toned but not buff.
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13 Touch
If You Want Her Heart, Touch Her Here

A French study found that a woman is more likely to accept the invitation of a man, say to dance, if he gently touches her arm while he asks.
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