2. Your pets make you sexier
Business Insider says the guys who walk dogs for the attention of the opposite sex (or the same sex) are onto something. He notes that someone by the name of Nicolas Guégen has conducted 4 studies to see if a guy with a dog gets a different response from women.
Apparently, according to the source, the likelihood of a man getting a woman’s phone number triples if he has a cute pooch in tow, according to the source. Since the article is from 2012, it may now be tripling the odds of getting a girl’s Snapchat details.
3. Attraction is different from lust
When you think you’re attracted to someone, it’s often assumed it’s purely sexual. But that’s not the case – there are different parts of the brain that trigger lust, attraction, and attachment (long-term bonds), according to Harvard University.
Lust is triggered by basic estrogen and testosterone, while attraction is linked to dopamine and serotonin, according to the source. “While we can certainly lust after someone who appeals to us, and vice versa, one can happen without the other,” the source said.
4. Symmetry is a player
Psychology Today has a cute baby video on the science of attraction, which talks about what is called bilateral symmetry. While most people have some asymmetry in their faces, those with more symmetry are generally considered more attractive, he explains.
The reason for our attraction to symmetry? The site theorizes that it is related to oxidative stress during development in the womb. The more a fetus is exposed to free radicals (against which the antioxidants in certain foods are supposed to protect it), the more oxidative stress it experiences and the less symmetrical it becomes. This can signal a partner that there is possible DNA damage, which is not ideal from a mating standpoint, he adds.