Science Says Men With Beards Are Better Long-Term Boyfriend Material

It used to be that men just adorned facial hair when they were a) to lazy to groom or b) taking part in Movember. But recently, the beard has had a bit of a moment. I’m no sure who we have to thank (or not thank, depending where you sit on the issue), but the hipster beard is in and according to science, men that have a beard are actually better boyfriends.

The study, led by Barnaby Dixson (who FYI has a beard) found that men who grow a beard were more likely to be considered better long-term boyfriend material.

Why? Maturity, testosterone and masculinity.

??@brockohurn #BeardsandTats

A photo posted by Appreciation of beards & tats (@beardsandtats) on

Happy Birthday to the bearded @welovekaani ? From your bro @dksixtysix ?

A photo posted by Appreciation of beards & tats (@beardsandtats) on

?@spizoiky #BeardsAndTats

A photo posted by Appreciation of beards & tats (@beardsandtats) on

The results showed a “significant interaction between beardedness and masculinity on attractiveness ratings.”

Can’t complain huh. In fact, of the 8,520 women,  all of them showed a preference for facial hair when they were asked to rate men (with and without facial hair) on attractiveness and on a spectrum of ‘relationship longevity’.

The researched concluded that “beardedness  may be attractive when judging long-term relationships as a signal of intrasexual formidability and the potential to provide direct benefits to females.”

Before you start to question whether your S.O should grow a full on mountain man beard, they found that “light and heavy stubble faces were more attractive than either full beards and clean-shaven faces.”  Makes a little more sense now.