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FRISKY FRIDAY FACE: Does That Mask Make Men More Attractive?

Study:  Face Masks ‘Make Wearers Look More Attractive’

Wearing a face mask might actually make you appear more attractive – especially if you’re a guy.

Cardiff University researchers measured how different types of face masks changed the attractiveness of 40 male faces.  They found the type of mask makes a difference, as blue medical masks were found to increase attractiveness most.

Researcher and expert in the psychology of faces, Dr. Michael Lewis, explains, “Our study suggests faces are considered most attractive when covered by medical face masks.  This may be because we’re used to healthcare workers wearing blue masks and now we associate these with people in caring or medical professions.  At a time when we feel vulnerable, we may find the wearing of medical masks reassuring and so feel more positive towards the wearer.”

They also found faces were considered more attractive when covered by cloth masks than when not covered at all—and say that could be because masks can cover undesirable features in the lower part of the face—though the effect was the same for both attractive and unattractive participants.

Lewis adds that the pandemic has changed our psychology—we no longer perceive someone wearing a mask as having a disease or needing to be avoided or hiding something.

Uncover more, here:  (EurekAlert!)

  • A study finds that when men wear face masks, particular blue medical masks, they are perceived as more attractive than without a mask—and it’s likely because most people associate the blue masks with people in the medical professions, so we likely think someone with a blue mask looks reassuring or socially caring


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