Is infidelity written all over a man’s face Angular jaw, square chin and prominent brow suggest man is prone to cheating
09:58 GMT, 5 December 2012
Ladies, if you want to know if the man of your dreams will be faithful, look him in the jaw…or the chin or forehead.
Research shows that women are able to judge a man’s fidelity simply by studying his face.
Signs of a male who is prone to cheating include classic masculine features, such as a wide, angular jaw, a square chin and a prominent brow.
Men whose strong features may ring alarm bells include actors Colin Farrell, left, and Gerard Butler, right. Butler, a broad-browed Scot, has been linked to the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and Naomi Campbell. Irish actor Farrell has children by two different exes and has been linked to Demi Moore
Women with wandering eye, however, can rest easy, as the study showed men to be poor at reading female faces.
The finding comes from Australian researchers who began by recruiting almost 200 volunteers and photographing them.
The men and women were also asked how attractive they thought they were and whether they had cheated when in a relationship in the past.
They were also asked about poaching – or embarking on an affair with someone who was already in a relationship.
While they might have been single themselves, this sort of behaviour could be a sign of ‘low commitment to monogamous values’, said the research team.
Sixty eight strangers were then shown the head and shoulders shots and asked to rate how likely they were to be unfaithful.
The women were ‘modestly accurate’ at picking out male love-rats, the Royal Society journal Biology Letters reports.
Analysis showed that they weren’t simply drawn to faces they felt were generally not to be trusted. Instead, they were linking masculinity with infidelity.
In contrast, the men were poor at picking out the women who had a history of cheating.
The study’s co-author, Professor Leigh Simmons, said that females may have become better at the task because they have more to lose if their lover leaves them holding the baby.
The University of Western Australia research team summed up: ‘We conclude that impressions of sexual faithfulness from faces have a kernel of truth, at least for women, and that they may help people assess the quality of potential mates about whom they have minimal behavioural information.’
Their findings chime with a popular theory about testosterone-fuelled alpha males.
It is thought that women choose these tall, good-looking men for flings. Their looks are a sign of good genes and their ability to sire healthy children.
However, the initial attraction of the macho man soon wears off, with good-looking men attracting more female attention and being at higher risk of having affairs. High testosterone levels may also make them moody and violent.
This means that women looking for long-term relationships tend to be drawn to wimpier types. Their lack of looks means they are less likely to stray and more likely to provide a stable home-life.
Men whose strong features may ring alarm bells include actors Colin Farrell and Gerard Butler. Butler, a broad-browed Scot, has been linked to the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and Naomi Campbell.
Irish actor Farrell has children by two different exes and has been linked to Demi Moore and Britney Spears.
Those who prefer the classics might think of Mr Rochester, the hero of Charlotte Bronte’s 1847 novel Jane Eyre, who is described as having ‘broad and jetty’ eyebrows, a ‘square’ forehead and ‘decisive nose’.
He seemed like governess Jane Eyre’s perfect man until their wedding day – when she discovered he already had a wife hidden away in his attic.