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“Manspreaders” seen as more attractive, researchers find

By WITW Staff on March 29, 2016

If you’re still looking for that perfect pic for your Tinder profile, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, might have some surprising advice for you. “Manspreaders” (and “womanspreaders”) — that is people who stretch themselves out, extending their legs, arms and torso — are generally rated as more attractive by potential partners. Using  videos from a speed-dating event, they found that those with “expansive” postures received more requests for a follow-up date. That finding was later confirmed by an experiment with a Tinder-type app, where they saw that photos of people in  “open” poses drew more romantic attention than those with “contractive” poses.

More expansive postures, the researchers claim, imply openness and dominance, and were seen as more attractive since dominant people generally fare better in the workplace, while “open” people are more willing to share what they have in life. People who hunched up, crossing arms and legs, generally fared worse with prospective partners. While the advantage was clear for both men and women, the effect was larger for men, the researchers said in the report, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Based on our results garnered from thousands of single persons at an actual speed dating event, and using a dating application, it is evident that postural expansion can dramatically increase a person’s chances of making a successful initial romantic connection,” they wrote.

Read the full story at The Guardian.