Guitar Attractiveness: How Much More Attracted Are Women To Guys Who Play Guitar? [STUDY]

By iScienceTimes Staff on May 8, 2013 4:02 PM EDT

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A recent French study claims that women are more attracted to men who play guitar. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

For most who play guitar, boosting sexual "attractiveness" was probably not the first reason they picked up the instrument. But it may be the reason they find themselves dating more than their non-musically inclined peers.

A new study, conducted by French researchers at the University of South Brittany, tested the idea of increased attractiveness of men who play guitar, and the results were somewhat surprising: women were much more attracted to a man holding a guitar than to a man holding a gym bag.  

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In the study, the researchers hired a 20-year-old man to approach women roughly his age, introduce himself, and say, "I think you're really pretty" before asking for her phone number. He approached 300 women three different ways: holding a guitar, holding a gym bag and holding nothing.     

Our hero successfully got the woman's phone number 31 percent of the time when he held a guitar but only 9 percent of the time when he held the gym bag. Surprisingly, he was more successful holding nothing rather than a gym bag -- he received 14 percent of the women's phone numbers when he held nothing.

A similar study done last year in Israel found similar bumps in attractiveness for guitar players. In that study, done at the University of Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion University, researchers sent 100 Facebook friend requests to single women along with a message that said, "'I like your photo." Half the women were sent photos of a man with a guitar in his photo, and half without. Only 10 percent of the women accepted the request from the photo of the man without the guitar, while 28 percent accepted the friend request from the same man with a guitar.

The French researchers say that playing music "is perhaps associated with physical and intellectual abilities," the sort of thing a woman would find attractive in a boyfriend or husband. A guitar may also bring to mind the image of successful musicians, wealth and status being another thing women find attractive in a potential mate.

But what effect would a woman holding a guitar have on a potential male partner?

Not much. The French researchers redid the Israeli test, reversing the genders, and found that there was no difference in male responses to women holding a guitar versus women with empty hands.

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