Men who are attracted to different kinds of women are more likely to be friends, study finds

Men are more likely to be friends if they are attracted to different types of women, a study shows.

Researchers recruited male and female university students to complete an online survey where they listed their preferences for ten characteristics in a potential partner.

These included physical attractiveness, friendliness, work ethic, intelligence, sense of humour and income.

Participants were also asked to rank photos of the opposite sex in terms of attractiveness.

Next, they took part in a ‘speed-friending’ session - which were held separately for men and women - and at the end of each interaction evaluated their new friendship.

Researchers recruited male and female university students to complete an online survey where they listed their preferences for ten characteristics in a potential partner. Pictured: Students walking to class at California State University

Researchers recruited male and female university students to complete an online survey where they listed their preferences for ten characteristics in a potential partner. Pictured: Students walking to class at California State University

Study author Professor Kelly Campbell (pictured), from California State University, San Bernardino, said: ¿We found that for men, they experienced more interpersonal chemistry or connection with those who had dissimilar mate preferences'

Study author Professor Kelly Campbell (pictured), from California State University, San Bernardino, said: ‘We found that for men, they experienced more interpersonal chemistry or connection with those who had dissimilar mate preferences'

Analysis revealed that men were more likely to become friends with other men who had different tastes in women, but this was not the case for women in the group (stock image)

Analysis revealed that men were more likely to become friends with other men who had different tastes in women, but this was not the case for women in the group (stock image)

Analysis revealed that men were more likely to become friends with other men who had different tastes in women, but this was not the case for women in the group.

Study author Professor Kelly Campbell, from California State University, San Bernardino, said: ‘We found that for men, they experienced more interpersonal chemistry or connection with those who had dissimilar mate preferences.

‘Men need to be sure any resulting child from their relationship is their own otherwise they risk investing a lot of time and resources toward raising someone else’s kid.

‘Therefore, they would prefer keeping male friends around them who do not find their mate/wife/girlfriend appealing!’

The researchers said that, preferences for women were not discussed at the ‘speed friendship’ encounters - suggesting some instinctive knowledge of the type of woman that another man may find attractive.

Professor Campbell remarked: ‘Our study tested a potential evolved preference for friends who have dissimilar mate preferences, something we can detect without even knowing we are detecting it.’

The findings were published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

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