Studies show women find men more attractive if they hold a guitar

May 8, 2013 by Bob Yirka, Medical Xpress report
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This is a photo of James Michael Thompson playing his one-of-a-kind 8 string baritone tricone resonator guitar. Image: Wikipedia.

(Medical Xpress)—Two independent studies have found that women find men more attractive if they are holding a guitar. The first one, conducted by researchers in France was based on a young man asking strangers for a date—their results are outlined in an article they've had published in Psychology of Music. In the second study researchers used Facebook Friend requests to gauge guitar holding attractiveness. Their results have been detailed in an article they've had published in Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science.

In the first study, researchers from Université de Bretagne-Sud, France enlisted the assistance of a young "good looking" male volunteer. He was asked to approach 300 young women on the street, tell them he thought they were pretty and ask for their number. During 100 of the encounters he carried a guitar, another 100 times a gym bag and the other 100 times nothing at all. In tabulating the results, the researchers found that women gave their number to the young man 31 percent of the time when he was holding a guitar, but only 14 percent of the time when he was carrying nothing. When he was holding a gym bag, he got a number just 9 percent of the time.

In the second study, researchers from Israel's Ruppin Academic Center, created two accounts for an "attractive" young man—in one account the profile picture showed him holding a guitar, in another he was not. The researchers then sent out Friend requests to 100 who listed themselves as single on their profile. They found that 14 out of 50 requests were accepted if the young man was pictured holding a guitar, while only 5 out of 50 were accepted if he appeared without the guitar. In a follow-up, the researchers repeated the experiment in the same way except they used a female model and sent requests to single men. Interestingly, they report that a woman holding a guitar did not appear to change the of having her Friend request accepted. Thus, it appears that guitar holding only works to boost male attractiveness.

None of the researchers can say for sure why it is that women appear to find men holding a guitar more , though the French team has a theory—they suggest it's because women view men who play guitar as having more intellectual or physical abilities.

More information: Men's music ability and attractiveness to women in a real-life courtship context, Psychology of Music, May 1, 2013 0305735613482025. Published online before print May 1, 2013, doi: 10.1177/0305735613482025

Abstract
This experiment tested the assumption that music plays a role in sexual selection. Three hundred young women were solicited in the street for their phone number by a young male confederate who held either a guitar case or a sports bag in his hands or had no bag at all. Results showed that holding a guitar case was associated with greater compliance to the request, thus suggesting that musical practice is associated with sexual selection.

Guitar Increases Male Facebook Attractiveness: Preliminary Support for the Sexual Selection Theory of Music, Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science , PDF.

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SolidRecovery
1.8 / 5 (5) May 08, 2013
I should have gotten a guitar in college...
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.1 / 5 (11) May 08, 2013
Guitar is just a metaphor for weapon, which is just a metaphor for wang. Humans are so easy.
PJS
3 / 5 (2) May 08, 2013
Guitar is just a metaphor for weapon, which is just a metaphor for wang. Humans are so easy.


Do women find men with fishing poles more attractive? Doubtful..
SolidRecovery
1 / 5 (5) May 08, 2013
Guitar is just a metaphor for weapon, which is just a metaphor for wang. Humans are so easy.


The gym bag didn't work.
cantdrive85
3.2 / 5 (10) May 08, 2013
Guitar is just a metaphor for weapon, which is just a metaphor for wang. Humans are so easy.


I checked out your theory with some experimentation. I walked around a mall holding my "wang" with some dangling. Oddly the women weren't attracted, in fact I found they abruptly walked in the other direction...
krundoloss
5 / 5 (1) May 08, 2013
I think that women see more in a man with a guitar. Musicians can be interesting people, they travel, they are passionate, they commicate thier feelings, and they perform. Women associate these things with a guitar, and there for they are getting information about the man (whether or not its true), which makes them feel they can trust him more. The reason that guys dont care if the woman has a guitar, is that they only want a women to play thier "skin flute" if you know what I mean.
MandoZink
not rated yet May 08, 2013
There are no doubt a range of "items of interest" that a person could carry which might evoke a positive response in another person.

As for myself, I fondly recall being invited to parties where I wouldn't know anyone and musicians were going to jam. All I needed to do to alleviate any potential social discomfort was to show up with one of my instruments ready to play. Engaging in productive social interaction then required little effort, as the impetus would be enthusiastically assumed by the opposite sex.

Although playing music does have other beneficial lifelong effects, it's hard to beat walking around with your instrument in hand.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1.6 / 5 (7) May 08, 2013
Do women find men with fishing poles more attractive? Doubtful..
If they are hungry yes. Fish is only a metaphor for womanly smells you know.
I checked out your theory with some experimentation. I walked around a mall holding my "wang" with some dangling. Oddly the women weren't attracted, in fact I found they abruptly walked in the other direction...
Were you singing? Try that.
Guitar is just a metaphor for weapon, which is just a metaphor for wang. Humans are so easy.
Here. Here is an example of which proves my point.
http://www.youtub...6Bb9X5fc

Women love this stuff.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (6) May 08, 2013
oh so sorry wrong vid
http://www.youtub...xMSKBbwU

or not
radek
1 / 5 (5) May 08, 2013
acoustic guitar has shape similar to woman body. It`s strong sexual signal to show You can hold woman in your hands. Additionally looks like man is atractive because of presence of another "woman" who accepts him. In real life it works when the man is souranded with real women (just friends) and want to pick up a stranger woman.
chri_mz_9237244
not rated yet May 08, 2013
If the guy is under 35, then maybe a guitar is attractive. otherwise not so much.
cantdrive85
2.3 / 5 (6) May 09, 2013
I checked out your theory with some experimentation. I walked around a mall holding my "wang" with some dangling. Oddly the women weren't attracted, in fact I found they abruptly walked in the other direction...

Were you singing? Try that.


I was tooting my trombone... Didn't work.

Milou
1 / 5 (5) May 09, 2013
This only proves women are dumb. "...though the French team has a theory—they suggest it's because women view men who play guitar as having more intellectual or physical abilities....". The women lack intelligence to see through the "intellectual or physical abilities". If it is about sexual selection then, does this test also work on gay guys that like men or ladies that like women???

Try the test with a guy carrying an apparent, bag of money? I bet the percentage increases dramatically.
Moebius
1.6 / 5 (7) May 12, 2013
Do you have to just hold it or actually play it? I wonder if that works for glockenspiels?

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