Stop what you’re doing, especially if you’re cutting out coupons for your local wig store. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania may have just changed the cranial follicle game entirely.
The research, which involved three separate studies related to balding, has found overwhelming evidence which paints bald men in a very favorable light. In the first study, male and female students at UPenn were asked to rate photos of men, some bald, some not, based on their confidence, attractiveness, and dominance. In the second study, the same metrics were taken from a group of adults and some men had their hair digitally removed. The third study involved an online, non-visual exercise which included descriptions of a male’s career, age, weight, height, and hair or lack thereof.
The first study was conducted with a student group 59 male and female students, the second study was conducted 367 male and female adults, and the third study involved 552 male and female adults.
Each and every time, the bald men won out in each and every category. This fact can also be confirmed by counting Michael Jordan’s championship rings. As far as the dominance factor goes, Bryan Cranston knew about this years ago: “What’s interesting is a man with no facial hair is less intimidating than a man with facial hair, and a man who is bald is more intimidating than a man with hair.” (But, if you want to try and stop hair loss entirely, here are nine ways to do that.)
The researchers also noted the practicality of these findings, stating that the benefits could extend simply beyond perception and confidence creation.
“The practical implications of this research are also worth noting. Instead of spending billions each year trying to reverse or cure their hair loss, the counterintuitive prescription of this research to men experiencing male pattern baldness is to shave their heads.”
Cut the need for cutting-edge baldness treatments, toss the Bosley, and grab a Bic. Shorter guys are more likely to go bald or shorter guys are more likely to be more confident, attractive, and dominant—it’s all just a matter of perspective.
[Source: CBS News]