|Arthur Dominic Villasanta |||Mar 08, 2015 10:49 AM EDT|
Are they more handsome as a group?
A man that wants to be more attractive to women will have better luck if he's part of a group.
That means never going it alone but being in the company of "wingmen," said a new study by Tilburg University in The Netherlands.
The interesting research said women saw a group of guys (a crew, a gang, a posse) to be some 10 percent hotter than the average of its members. The larger your guy group, the more handsome you become, research revealed.
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There's even a name for this strange effect. The researchers called it "the group attractiveness (GA) effect".
"It's harder to see and judge everyone in a big group," said study co-author Job van Wolferen, Ph.D., of Tilburg University.
"Therefore, the attractive group members receive even more attention than they do in smaller groups."
Even if you're not your group's handsomest guy, the GA effect gives every guy in a group a competitive advantage when it comes to catching a woman's eye, said van Wolferen.
Van Wolferen also said the GA effect works whether you're with a group of men, women, or both.
A separate study the University of California at San Diego found men were rated as better looking when they were in group photos than in solo shots.
This is a cousin of the GA effect called the "cheerleader effect," according to researchers.
They said men and women appear more attractive in groups because viewing faces together makes them look more like the group average. This illusion can help "even out" a single person's unattractiveness.
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