So there’s been much talk about the age at which men’s brain development reaches full maturity (the results differ, needless to say though, data suggests longer than womens). But now a new study has revealed that men also reach a peak age of attractiveness too!
Researchers at St Andrews University say that the most attractive man is tall (no surprise there), macho (mmm) and 35 years old.
An experiment was tested out using faces of real people were manipulated with computer technology and shown to a panel of 600 volunteers. The scoring showed that models who appeared to be aged 35 years old were more appealing.
A spokesperson for the St Andrews University team who led the study suggested the study shed light on the casting choices made by film studios, since male leading roles are often played by actors who fit the ‘dominance’ description – like Magic Mike star Channing Tatum and Brit actor, Charlie Hunnam – both 35.
“A dominant appearance in male faces is associated with a variety of social outcomes, ranging from high rank attainment of cadets in the military to high levels of sexual activity in teenage boys,” Carlota Batres, of St Andrews, said. “Dominant people are also favoured as leaders during times of intergroup conflict and are more successful leaders in the business world.”
David Perrett, a Professor at St Andrews university, also shed light on the findings, to explain how “tall, macho 35 year old men” (like Charlie Hunnam and Channing Tatum – who both seemingly fit the requirement) also make the perfect partner in real life too…
“Such perceptions may also follow reality,” according to David. “Taller men being more formidable opponents and strength increasing with age until a men gets to his mid thirties.”
He says, “plus, by 35, a man has likely built up enough knowledge to make him seem more authoritative or even cunning.”
We can’t help but feel a little sorry for Ryan Gosling – who is to turn 35 this year. Don’t worry – we still think you’re pretty perfect as you are.
By Emma Firth