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By Tracey Cox for MailOnline. Even nice, decent single women are sometimes attracted to married men.
Now, this effect is less about home-wrecking and more about sharing notes, according to most studies. Regardless, there certainly seem to be biological advantages to being pre-approved.
Here are a few:. One study published in PLOS One found that women considered coupled men more attractive and spent ificantly more time looking at pictures of potential suitors when they were depicted as married or in a relationship.
The effect did not extend to men looking at paired women — so mate-choice copying does not explain the whole MILF thing.
One recent study presented a photograph of a man to college women, and found that 90 percent of them were attracted to the man even after they were told that he was in a relationship. But when the women were told that he was single, only about 59 percent were interested.
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Younger and presumably less experienced women are more likely to be attracted to married men, according to at least one study. Interestingly, the same study reveals that the influence of mate-choice copying appears to have its limits, and when men were depicted as having five past relationships, even inexperienced women knew enough to tap out.
A man on his first marriage is far more attractive than a man on his fifth. The stock of a taken man seems to be boosted not by his own good looks, but by the appeal of his partner, research shows. The study found that, when people were coupled with a more attractive mate, the mate-choice copying effect grew stronger.
So the good news is that you married out of your league. The bad news is that this makes single women wonder if they missed something when they gave you the once-over.
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Unlike other experiments that assessed attractiveness based on pictures and written scenarios, one study had women interact with men who were wearing wedding rings, and then interact with men who were not. When researchers asked a series of questions afterward, women reported that men without wedding bands were more attractive than married men. Subsequent studies have bolstered the claim that women are attracted to married men in theory, but less so in practice.
Being partnered makes you more attractive but, the moment you cash in on that boost, you become ificantly less safe and less attractive. So take the sudden post-marital female attention for what it is — a confidence boost for your dad bod. Nothing more. Please try again.
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