Agence France-PresseApril 15, 2014 22:22
Looking the odd one out may seem like a recipe for mating disaster, but it could make you more attractive to the opposite sex.
So said a study Wednesday which may also explain why fashions change.
Researchers in Australia used beards to test a theory that some features become more desirable when fewer people have them.
They showed women sets of pictures of men: clean-shaven, with stubble, or bearded, and had them rate the men's attractiveness.
Men with beards scored better when they were surrounded by clean-shaved faces, and vice versa, the study found.