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Match.com Physical Attraction Report

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After having seen it linked in multiple locations I finally decided to take the Match.com Physical Attraction Report for the hell of it. As is generally the case in tests such as this varying from highly scientific to those typically found on LiveJournal my results were hardly surprising. Here are a few excerpts.

Your photo choices suggest a man over 40 is probably getting a little old for your tastes. You seemed interested in dating younger men between 20 and 25 but did have some older tendencies as well. Blond hair, dark brown hair, wavy hair, short hair and straight hair were other strong selections.

Some may call one of your types "Pretty Boys," but all you know is that they're gorgeous. The combination of classic good looks with small noses, beautiful eyes, and full lips is hard to resist. These guys tend to be clean shaven, have clear skin, and get good hair cuts. They're taking good care of themselves so they can be "pretty" just for you! [Well, you and the 1 in 3 men (33%) that are also after them!]

Another of the "looks" that you consistently noticed has been described as "The Boy Next Door." He has an open face, with big eyes, and a big grin. He has a youthful or boyish quality that will follow him throughout his life. Typically this look is associated with light brown hair, a close shave, and blue or hazel eyes. These guys convey a warm, trusting impression, but watch out for that mischievous side! Our studies find that about 1 in 5 men (18%) are especially attracted to this youthful look.

Faces known scientifically as "Ecto-Mesomorph" repeatedly caught your eye. Men express this type in two ways. One version has a rectangular face shape that is long and narrow. The other type's face shape is often compared to a diamond, because it is wide at the cheeks and then has a sharply angled jaw. All Ecto-Mesomorph men have striking chins that are prominent and squared-off with a crisp line at the base. This is one of the most idealised male face types and can be found on most movie and music idols. It can hold either bold masculine features or more delicate handsome features, or some sexy combination of both. These men also tend to have lean and muscular builds when they're young. About 57% of other men especially prefer men with this face type.

The type of body you seemed to especially like is scientifically called an "Ectomorph," which is a fancy way of saying you like "skinny" guys. He has a long, narrow frame and look good in or out of clothes. Since these guys don't get as much attention as the football jocks, he'd probably be surprised to know that for you skinny is sexy. His shoulders may not be broad (and are probably a little bony, so you won't want to rest your head on them indefinitely). But he has long, strong arms to wrap around you. These men make up around 3% of the single population. Keep your eyes out for signs like long necks, Adam's apples, pointed chins, and relatively long upper bodies compared to legs. At about 5'10", they tend to run about 130 pounds.

Looking at over 10,000 men in your age group who have taken the test, about 17% are attracted to the same types you are. You have a more open and accepting view of what makes a man handsome than a lot of other guys your age. In the test, you didn't pick the most "popular" men, but instead seemed to focus on your own personal tastes. This doesn't necessarily mean that looks are less important to you than to other men. You simply have a unique set of criteria and keep your eyes open for special qualities that make a man, who may seem ordinary to most, extraordinary to you.

Other highlights of likes:
  • Sometimes, you like younger men, by a good gap
  • More unique than "mainstream" appeal
  • Thin, angular faces with a classic or refined look
  • Very attractive Black/African descent men
  • Glasses and the sophisticated and smart look that goes with them
  • You appreciate how sexy someone very lean or slender can be
  • You prefer guys with smooth chests, with little or no chest hair
Perhaps this is why I am single; the above-described men are not interested in someone like me.

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  • FSUpaintball

    Did that report say that 1 in 3 men are gay? I don't believe that for a second.

  • David July

    No such allegation was made by this site or report. I believe you are referring to the statement "well, you and the 1 in 3 men (33%) that are also after [the pretty boys]." The test knows that I am a homosexual male and therefore only makes references and statistical comparisons to other test takers who identified themselves as homosexual men.

  • FSUpaintball

    gotcha... I'll take the test tonight too

  • FSUpaintball

    apparently, this is my ideal woman:

    She's hot, but a little darker skinned than I generally prefer:

    Your choices show a consistent interest in a wide variety of Asian women. These women really stood out to you as being very appealing.
    You found 35% of the Asian women in this test physically attractive.
    You found 20% of the Asian women in this test "date-able".

    A Caucasian woman's skin tone and hair color did not appear to have any effect on whether you found her appealing or not.
    45% of the Caucasian women you found attractive had fair or light skin.
    45% of the Caucasian women you found attractive had blonde or light colored hair.

    There's a reason why you can't keep your eyes off a beauty pageant. We describe a lot of the women you found attractive as "Beauty Queens," because of their flawless beauty and winning smiles. These women usually have long, shiny hair setting off a face that is either rectangular or heart-shaped. They have very feminine features like thin noses, big eyes, and full lips, conveying a strong, confident look rather than looking delicate or fragile. Even though they look like the "Girl Next Door," they tend to look mature for their age and lack the "cutesy" appearance of more "girlish" women. Although very popular to look at, most men are sort of intimidated by this type, which is probably why only 1 in 3 (31%) say they specifically seek out these women.

    There's something about the energy and youthful appeal of "Cheerleaders" that's hard to resist. We use this name to describe a group of women who's facial features combine feminine beauty with a "tomboy" flair. They usually have blonde or light brown hair--cut short, small button noses, and wide smiles. These aren't "perfect" beauty contest winners. But their vivacious personality comes across even in photographs and makes their overall impression one of dazzling beauty. You won't be surprised to find out that more than 1 in 4 men (27%) still want to date the head cheerleader.

    Another type of body that you especially like is scientifically called an "Ecto-Mesomorph," which is a fancy way of saying that you like slim, delicate, small-framed women. Their narrow body frames and long legs support long, thin muscles, which are made for sports like swimming and rowing. She probably won't gain weight no matter what she eats, and doesn't understand why! She's not as curvy as some other body types, but most models, television, and movie stars have this body type, which has become our society's current "ideal." These women make up around 4% of the single population. Keep your eyes out for signs like narrow necks, diamond-shaped faces with angular jaws and delicately pointed chins, small butts, and relatively long arms and legs.

    You seemed especially interested in women with brown eyes. In the test, you may not have even noticed eye color on a conscious level. However, those smoldering brown eyes apparently stood out to you on an unconscious level. Supposedly, brown eyes give the impression of softness and mystery.

    Wrong, wrong wrong. I'm an eye guy. And brown is probably my least favorite.

    Bah, I'm too normal.

    And this girl kept popping up under my "attractive" list:

    I don't even like the way she looks at all, I think it's just because she's got great hair.

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