For the single folks out there, you may be wondering how you can make yourself more attractive to potential partners.
Thankfully, researchers over at the British Psychological Society have discovered that there’s a skill that makes men much more attractive and, best of all, you don’t even need to hit the gym.
All it takes to be a hit with the ladies is the ability to tell a good story, apparently. Nothing else, just that, The Mirror reports.
According to the article, which was published in the psychological journal Personal Relationships, men who have a good storytelling ability ‘are seen as more attractive and higher status’.
The study was run by John Donahue and Melanie Green and asked 388 undergraduates in the U.S. to rate the attractiveness of a potential partner of the opposite sex based on a photograph, along with a short biography which highlighted their ability to spin a good yarn, in some cases.
Green and Donahue discovered that both male and female participants considered storytellers to have higher status than non-storytellers.
Unfortunately for women who know how to tell a story, this apparently this doesn’t make them any more desirable.
As the British Psychological Society points out:
That didn’t translate into finding women more attractive, whereas for female raters, there was a clear route from men’s storytelling ability to status to desirability as a long-term partner or spouse.
The researchers also asked test subjects to read a story, which was supposedly written by the person whose attractiveness was being judged.
Reportedly, those who told more ‘fluid’ stories with a more ‘lively vocabulary’ were rated better than people who ‘told the same facts in a hesitating manner’.
It’s not 100 per cent clear though, as they did acknowledge that other qualities of storytelling that weren’t measured in the study, such as sheer enjoyment, may affect a person’s attractiveness.
So get reading and writing, you may score quicker…