This Is Why You’re Attracted To Certain Kinds Of Men

by | Sep 19, 2017

Lust after boy bands on the reg? This might strike a chord.  

New research from the University of Vienna has found that listening to music can make guys appear more attractive to the opposite sex.

The study – first published online in the journal PLOS ONE – set out to test what kind of impact the “the influence of music” has on how we perceive others. 

“Facial attractiveness is one of the most important physical characteristics that can influence the choice of a partner,” says co-author Prof. Helmut Leder. “We wanted to find out how the music can alter the perception of this feature.”

In the study, 96 heterosexual participants were made to listen to different passages of music that varied in emotional intensity. They were then shown photos of the opposite sex featuring neutral expressions and were asked to assess each person on their attractiveness. 

The results were then compared to a control group; a second group of men and women who were shown the same photos without being exposed to the tracks. 

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The researchers found that the women who had listened to music tended to rate the men more highly and were more likely to consider dating them. In addition, the more complex the tune, the stronger they reported their feelings to be.  

But strangely, the music didn’t have the same impact on dudes.    

So, what’s the story? According to the researchers, something known as arousal transfer effect could be responsible.

“There is some evidence in the psychological literature that so-called arousal transfer effects can occur if two stimuli are processed consecutively,” lead author Manuela Marin explains. 

“The processing of the first stimulus produces internal arousal, [such as] increased physiological activity, which is then attributed to the second stimulus. This mostly unconscious mechanism can then influence our actions, in this case, the choice of a partner.” 

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It’s been labelled the shadow pandemic and the fact remains that for many women across Australia, domestic violence is a lived reality that doesn’t discriminate by age, occupation, or socio-economic status. Researchers have found that during Covid-19 lockdowns, there was a surge in family and domestic violence, with agencies experiencing a surge in demand as nearly half their clients reported an increase in controlling behaviours. 

As many who have lived through such turmoil and trauma can attest, the roadmap to fleeing such situations at home can be fraught with challenges and extremely difficult to navigate, particularly when such bureaucracy makes it even harder. Now, it’s been announced that women fleeing a violent relationship will be given a one-off $5,000 payment as part of a federal government trial scheme. 

Known as the “escaping violence payment scheme,” the government has set aside $144.5 million over the next two years to give women $1,500 cash, with the remainder to pay for goods and services, bond, school fees and other necessaries to establish a new safe home. UnitingCare Network will be tasked with delivering the payments while helping link women and their children with relevant community services. 

As the Daily Telegraph reports, “An analysis of domestic violence data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that while it is more common for women from poorer areas, women from high socio-economic areas are not immune from experiencing partner violence.”

As Women’s Safety Minister Anne Ruston explained, the trial has been introduced with the aim to help women overcome the financial barriers that might deter them from leaving a violent relationship. “We know that financial hardship as well as economic abuse - which may involve interfering with work or controlling or withholding money - reduces women’s ability to acquire and use money and makes it difficult to leave violent relationships,” she said. 

“The payments will assist people who need financial support to leave. We know the size of the house a woman is fleeing doesn’t matter. Often she bundles the kids into the car, maybe the dog too and they leave with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.”

To be eligible for a payment, women must be facing financial stress and have some evidence of domestic violence such as a referral from a family and domestic violence service provider with a risk assessment and safety plan, or an AVO, court order or police report. As UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little said, “We believe that all people, especially women and their children, have the right to live freely and without fear, and this payment is an important step forward to ending violence against women and children.”

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

If you’d like to speak to someone about domestic violence, please call the 1800 

Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online. 

Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.