Bald men are seen as more mature, successful, masculine and more intelligent than their counterparts with a full head of hair. This is according to several scientific studies. A study conducted in 2012 found that bald men are perceived by others as being more socially dominant without appearing threatening.
The researchers at the University of Pennsylvania discovered women believe bald men are more masculine and stronger. We can see this corroborated by examining some top-grossing actors like Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Vin Diesel and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. People believe bald men are more attractive as well.
The research involved showing 60 participants two photos of the same men. The first picture showed the men with a full head of hair. They were completely bald in the second. The majority of subjects thought the bald image to be more attractive and appealing.
Find this difficult to believe? There have been multiple studies performed that show the same results. One of them was conducted by several researchers at Florida’s Barry University. They wondered why baldness continued to evolve.
“I speculated that male pattern baldness evolved as an appeasement signal and signaled benign, non-threatening dominance,” Dr. Frank Muscarella told the Daily Mail.
The focus of this specific study examined how others perceived baldness on many different scales. Along with physical attractiveness, researchers also included social maturity. Under this category they added status, honesty, and intelligence. Bald men scored higher on every scale.
The research done at the University of Pennsylvania showed this number wasn’t as high for bald men for physical attractiveness. However the increased numbers of social maturity and dominance levels everything out, adding to the overall appeal and attractiveness of a bald man.
“It could be speculated that although the characteristic of baldness decreases a man’s perceived physical attractiveness, it increases his perceived social dominance,” Dr. Muscarella said.
“There is a large body of literature that shows that although women like physically attractive men, they are also very attracted to signs of high social dominance.”
For those men who make the conscious choice to shave their heads, according to entrepreneur Seth Godin, they’re making a statement, which is attractive. “I’m not saying that shaving your head makes you successful, but it starts the conversation that you’ve done something active,” he said to the Wall Street Journal.
Unfortunately for those men with a single bald spot or several bare patches, these results don’t apply to you. The findings aren’t so promising. These men are perceived as weaker and less physically appealing.
If you know someone losing their hair, tell them about these studies. The best is yet to come.