'Low-voice' men more attractive to women but more likely to cheat
Researchers from McMaster University have discovered women love a man with a deep voice. They also say women perceive 'men with low pitched voices as the 'love 'em and leave'em' kind who are least likely to marry and most likely to cheat.
If you find yourself on the dating scene from a recent divorce or have yet to ever find 'Mr. Right', pay attention to what women in the study might not look for in a long-term mate.
The study, published online in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, highlights how the evolution draws us to the sound of a person's voice.
Past studies suggest voice is used by men and women alike to determine who is most likely to cheat.
Jillian O'Connor, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour and lead author of the study explains in a press release: "The sound of someone's voice can affect how we think of them."
O'Connor published findings in 2011 suggesting women do think men with deep voices are more likely to cheat. But what do men think of women's voices?
Her study found men think women with high voices are more likely to cheat.
She goes on to say "Until now, it's been unclear why women would like the voices of men who might cheat. But we found that the more women thought these men would cheat, the more they were attracted to them for a brief relationship when they are less worried about fidelity."
Researchers used a computer to control the pitch of male voices. Women in the study were asked to pick which male voice they thought would be more likely to cheat and which voice they thought was most attractive for a long-term versus a short-term relationship.
Women think men with deep voices will cheat
Women found a deep male voice was most attractive for a brief relationship, but they also said they felt a man with deep masculine voice is most likely to cheat.
David Feinberg, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour says the perception might be an evolutionary adaptation. In past studies related to voice pitch and likelihood of cheating in a relationship Feinberg said it may be that women with high voices have more estrogen and men with deep voices are perceived as having more testosterone.
In contrast to the study, it's interesting to note that singer Johnny Cash had a deep voice and was married for years to June Carter.
"The consequences of infidelity are very high whether it is emotional or financial and this research suggests that humans have evolved as a protection mechanism to avoid long-term partners who may cheat," he says. Do you agree with the study finding?
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