There’s literally no accounting for personal taste when it comes to the kinds of guys women are into. All of us have our own preferences and things that we’re looking for that draw us to a particular man. That being said, there are certain traits that science has proven that women across the board find most attractive. Luckily, most of them aren’t even physical features and instead have everything to do with attitude.
1. Facial symmetry
Throughout history and across cultures around the world, symmetrical faces are pretty universally hot — and that goes for men or women. It’s a biological thing, an innate preference for faces and bodies that simply… line up.
Of course, most people don’t have perfectly symmetrical faces (and those that do, like Amber Heard, are considered to be incredibly beautiful). Most of us have eyes that are slightly wonky — one of mine is definitely larger than the other! — and our nostrils aren’t quite identical either. However, there are those who inch closer to being on the money in this department, and guys and gals who do are some of the most attractive.
Fun fact: Scientists believe that the reason we love symmetrical features so much is down to the “Evolutionary Advantage Theory,” meaning someone who’s symmetrical is more genetically perfect too, per Psychology Today. Is it true? Who knows — but sometimes the heart wants what it wants.
Studies (not to mention numerous dating app profiles) suggest that taller men are often seen as more attractive. The most attractive guys tend to be seen as powerful, strong, successful, and dominant — all qualities that (straight) ladies love. They also seem like natural protectors, and for many women, there’s nothing better than the thought of being wrapped up in the arms of a much larger man.
Of course, tall guys aren’t automatically better than ones on the shorter side, and there’s no reason not to give shorter fellas a chance. After all, women hate being judged on superficial features they can’t change. Don’t have double standards!
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4. A killer sense of humor
A great sense of humor consistently ranks high when it comes to the most attractive features on a guy (in a guy? whatever). Research indicates that men who can make women laugh are often perceived as more socially intelligent and fun to be around. A good sense of humor can also reduce stress and make you feel more bonded to them.
This makes a lot of sense — after all, no one wants to be around someone who’s always miserable. A guy who can make you laugh shows he doesn’t take himself too seriously and that he’s interested in putting a smile on your face, and that’s hot.
5. Kindness and empathy
Traits like kindness and empathy are universally appealing. Time and time again, studies have shown that being nice is really attractive. Both men and women who are kind, considerate, thoughtful, and generous are found to be way better partners than those who are rude and selfish. Not exactly mind-blowing.
In fact, this trait may be the most important on this list, especially given that qualities like kindness and empathy are in such short supply these days. That means guys that have them are automatically leaps and bounds ahead of their jerk peers.
There’s something especially attractive about men who know what they bring to the table and aren’t afraid to show it. Studies have shown that they not only appear more dominant, but they also appear more in control and of higher status. All of these things make confident guys seem like great long-term partners.
Of course, there’s a big difference between confidence and arrogance, and it’s possible to ruin a good thing. It’s important that a guy’s self-assuredness doesn’t carry over into thinking he’s a walking god. That’s definitely NOT hot.