Chaps, Miss Right is out there and looks just like you! Men attracted to women who look like them
01:16 GMT, 3 December 2012
For men looking for love, the answer could well be staring them in the face.
A study has fond men are more attracted to women who look like them.
Researchers asked 100 men to choose the women they found most appealing from a selection of photographs.
Lookalikes: A study has found men are more attracted to women who look like them
They then asked a similar number of men to do the same with another selection of four faces which had been computer manipulated to look more like them.
The results showed that 37 per cent of men in the second experiment said the face which most resembled theirs was the most attractive.
The researchers then analyzed photos of real life couples with at least one child who had agreed to take part in the experiment.
They found that once again, spouses share more facial traits than two randomly selected individuals.
The study by the Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution, in Montpellier, France, looked at a range of facial features including eye and hair colour, lip and eyebrow thickness and the presence or absence of a chin dimple.
The team behind the research will now carry out further tests to see if the trend exists in just the Western world or if other men and women in other cultures also seek out lookalikes when seeking a lover.
Researchers will now carry out further tests to see if the trend only exists in the West
The findings put a new spin on previous research from 2008 in which Hungarian scientists found that women are inclined to choose partners whose faces resemble those of their fathers.
Men were also more likely to have a relationship with a woman who looks like their mother.
Relationships expert Jean Hannah Edelstein said: ‘I think this is less about narcissism and more about the comfort of what we know.’
she added: ‘Of course, in the long run sustainable relationships are based on so much more than appearances, so I would hope that no one – man or woman – would regard a relationship with someone who doesn’t resemble them as one with no potential.
‘Finding a partner is an inexact science and it’s probably best to be as open-minded as possible, which means not rejecting someone on the assumption that you won’t get along because you don’t have similar features.’