What Makes A Man Attractive?

What Percent of People Are Attractive?

It would take too many research and calculation in order to answer this question in a comprehensive and accurate manner.

So allow me to answer this objectively, but for a limited scope of:

  • only the height trait of attractiveness
  • only male
  • only in United States
  • only those aged 20–29
  • using publicly available data from 2007–2008

Since even height is a measurable trait of attractiveness, just how tall a man should be in order to qualify as “attractive” is still subjective to some extent. But let’s say he has to be at least 6 feet tall (182 cm). Note you can still use this methodology to change the “minimum height threshold parameter” and you’ll get a valid result for your chosen threshold.

Let’s see the data from US Census Bureau 2011:

So males under 6′ tall make up 79.9% of the US population aged 20–29 years old.

Which means there are 20.1% potentially attractive males, based on height alone.

Sorry that I still haven’t provided a definite answer, but at least I have narrowed it down: Attractive males make up less than 20.1% of the US population.

Now all you have to do is narrow it further for other traits: weight, wealth, facial features, and so on. The percentage would decrease even more for each trait you add. Some of the traits would have extremely high variation of subjectivity that you’d need to create different versions of your study for each target audience. For example: political orientation, religion.

So that’s the numbers.

My opinion? I myself don’t need to know the exact number. I am satisfied with a fuzzy answer of “very few” which is accurate enough for some of the objective traits and given the high variation of subjective traits.

So, armed with this newfound knowledge, what would you do about it?

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What Are The Most Important Attributes A Man Need in A Woman?

What Are The Most Important Attributes A Man Needs in A Woman?

I’ll be honest. But I’ll only list a few important attributes a man needs in a woman:

  • Beauty
  • Good health
  • Same religion
  • Good heart
  • Intelligence
  • Good family
  • Patience

Is That All?

No that isn’t all. There are many more. Yet every man has different preferences and priorities.

How Do I Keep Up With It?

You really don’t have to.

What you should do depends on your current situation: are you still looking for a man, or you’re already in a relationship with a man?

If You’re Still Looking…

There are “only” three things to do:

  1. For those attributes you’re already good at, keep it up! For example, if you’re a good listener (yep, a rarity among women), see if your crush appreciates it.
  2. For those attributes you’re not so good at, make effort to improve at least some of it, gradually.
  3. For those attributes you’re terrible at, you’ll need to fix it. For example, if you’re rude and mean to (some) people, it’s time to learn how to be polite and compassionate.

While I said “only”, it’s actually a lifetime work. But you need to start now.

If You’re Already In A Relationship…

It’s actually easier, as you just need to ask him. He’ll need to be honest. He may try to be sweet and say “you’re already perfect” and if you’re content with it then it’s fine. But in a healthy relationship it’s better to understand each other’s expectations. You may not fulfill every expectation he has (it’s practically impossible for that), and he also may not fulfill every expectation you have (which is even beyond impossible, ha!)

There is always a reason to improve yourself.

And in the unfortunate case if you later break up with him, you’ll become a better person.

I Feel Ugly, What Choices Do I Have?

Improve your health and your attitude, be a fun and warm person.

The reason is there are several (actually many!) traits men want from women, looks is only one factor.

Other than inner beauty (attitude), health is probably most overlooked. Not smoking, not drinking alcohol, and a healthy habit of exercise and hygiene care is a plus that will be appreciated by him and his family. You’re right that (too much) make up is not good, it can even be bad for your skin’s health.

Being more intelligent is another way. But being intelligent and nice at the same time, that takes practice and sincerity. And that makes a woman more attractive than other not-so-intelligent and not-so-nice women, regardless of looks.

There’s no need to deny that attractive women do have more choices in attracting men, even the simple act of them being there can attract men. Accept that fact and realize that unattractive women still have choices too.

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