Every woman has a type and the debate over which kind of man is sexiest has been going on for ages. Who’s hotter: the confident athlete with sculpted v-lines you run into at the gym or the brooding beanie-wearing artist with a man bun you see at open mic night? According to science, the answer is the latter.
A study in Psychology of Music found that women are more likely to give their digits to a man toting a guitar case over a man lugging around a gym bag. The researchers took a good-looking man and watched as he approached 300 different woman, all of whom were complete strangers. He did this in three different ways: once with nothing in hand, once carrying a gym bag and once holding a guitar case.
After introducing himself and hitting on them, he asked each woman for her number. While 14 percent of women complied when he was empty-handed, a measly nine percent gave their number to him when he was carrying a gym bag. When he brought a guitar case along, on the other hand (pun intended), over 30 percent of the women were willing to share their digits with him.
Why did the women prefer the guitar player over the gym goer? It could be because women relate musical prowess with good genes and intelligence, but it also could just be because musicians are traditionally the cool guys.
According to Nicolas Guéguen, author of the study and researcher at the University of South Brittany in France, “music induces a positive effect, and this positive effect primes receptivity to a courtship request.” In other words, people like music and music makes people happy, so they’re more likely to give in to romantic advances.
Further research published in Letter on Evolutionary Behavioral Science confirms these findings. In this study, researchers sent Facebook friend requests out to 100 women, all of whom were single, along with the message, “Hey, what’s up? I like your photo.” In only some cases, the profile picture of the sender had a guitar. When he wasn’t holding a guitar, only 10 percent of women replied to him, but when he was shown with a guitar, 28 percent of women got back to him.
There’s no denying it: Guys who string the chords have an easier time pulling heartstrings, too. If you have the extra cash and some spare time, might we suggest taking some lessons?