What does the perfect man look like? A stereotypical guess for women could be David Beckham running about a soccer field in glorious sweat or Channing Tatum workin' the stage in Magic Mike.
But according to a recent study commissioned by British retailer Jacamo, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
The study found that 72 percent of women "prefer men with the ‘boy next door’ look as opposed to luscious hunks." Interestingly, the majority of men polled, 62 percent, thought that women would prefer a more muscly man perhaps with Hugh Jackman’s arms and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo’s legs.
Only heterosexual men and women in the UK participated in the study, so the results do not encapsulate a global view of male attractiveness by any means. Still, the findings may help shed some light on the rules of attraction.
Previous findings have shown that men are just as concerned about their body image as women, and that the impossible-to-attain beauty standards that we are all exposed to in the media can have negative effects on their self-perception, too.
So what is it about the 'boy next door' look that women are so attracted to? "'Women tell us that men with ordinary bodies are seen as good family makers who pay more attention to their partners than they do to themselves," a Jacamo spokesperson said.
The women in the survey preferred Prince Harry’s smile and rugby player Ben Cohen’s abs to David Beckham’s flawless physique.
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Data from the study also showed that women considered relationships with men they considered to have 'boy next door' qualities the most successful.
Research like this reminds us that what’s important in a long-lasting mate is what’s on the inside... right?