Care for a swim? Not lusting after hot women lately? Blame your girlfriend, says new research from the Journal of Neuroscience. Sure, it may sound obv...
Not lusting after hot women lately? Blame your girlfriend, says new research from the Journal of Neuroscience.
Sure, it may sound obvious: If you have a significant other, you’re (hopefully) not roaming the streets in search of good looking girls. But whether you’re a bachelor or a boyfriend could actually affect how close you let an attractive female stand by you.
That’s right—you may be actively turning away the company of a hot woman, and it’s all because of your loving girlfriend, her bedtime cuddling, and all that inconvenient hand-holding and orgasming you do with her, both of which release oxytocin (“the love hormone”). (Learn the secrets to hotter sex—and better orgasms—by discovering What She Really Wants in Bed.)
In the study, an attractive female researcher approached a group of men who were given a dose of oxytocin—some single, some taken. The researcher asked the men to speak up when they thought she was at an “ideal” distance from them. The results: Tied-down dudes had bigger personal bubbles, preferring the hot scientist to stay about 28 to 30 inches away from them, while single guys liked her about 20 to 24 inches away.
Researchers think that oxytocin in committed men can boost their fidelity to the point that they physically distance themselves from other options. Our take? While we’d never advocate flirting with other hot women if you’ve got one of your own at home, that doesn’t mean you should avoid them altogether. We repeat: DO NOT AVOID HOT WOMEN.
In fact, no matter the sex—male or female—being around strangers could cheer you up, according to a British Medical Journal study. And failing to make eye contact with them could lower your self-esteem, say researchers at Purdue. Take our pointers on How to Talk to Strangers without Being a Creep.
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