Hollywood may show women drooling over six-pack sporting Baywatch stud with shaved chest and lush locks, but truth is women in real life prefer men that are dominant, intelligent and decision makers.
And the study tells us that women see all of these traits in bald men.
Per the University of Pennsylvania (PENN) study, women view “bald or balding men” as masculine, confident and dominant.
Albert Mannes, Data & Social Scientist as well as the postdoctoral researcher at the Wharton School, PENN, and his team were curious to know how the society perceives men with shaved heads. They asked the participants (including women) to rate photos and descriptions of men who were either bald or had full heads of hair on traits such as masculinity, attractiveness, confidence, and dominance.
As it turns out, while most of the bald men reported being a “little uneasy” about their looks, the majority of the surveyors saw them as dominant, strong and masculine. In fact, some of the participants perceived bald men to be taller than their counterparts.
The researchers explained that the reason why bald men are viewed “masculine” is because traditional masculine jobs, such as high-octane vehicle driving, transportation, and construction & building etc., are performed by such individuals.
An incontrovertible fact about humans is that they vehemently tout the idea that “appearances matter”. Tall and lean men earn more respect and attention than homely and short men. Baldness is one such condition that is ubiquitously dreaded by men. It affects about 30 to 50 percent of men.
As many as 94 percent men state “going bald” to be their biggest fear, according to a survey from HIS Hair Clinic. They believe baldness is a telltale sign of aging and it lowers their ‘ranks’ in terms of appearance. However, this is not the case, there are several benefits of being bald. Apart from winning the attention of the fairer sex, men with shaved heads earn more success and popularity.
Another report with the same premise found that while bald men are not considered as attractive as men with locks, they are generally viewed as honest, helpful, and sophisticated.
(Why do I think the study was talking about Jason Statham?)
Lastly, alopecia may be men’s worst nightmare, reports show there may actually be numerous health benefits associated with it. With age, men experience a natural decline in testosterone. Less testosterone boosts immunity and reduces risk of prostate cancer in men.
Looks like alopecia is not bad after all. Gents, I guess it is time step out of insecurity and flaunt the shaved head!
Like Larry David says, ‘‘Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man—there’s your diamond in the rough.’’