Sorry ladies, but if you’re the unfaithful type, odds are your dude already knows. Or at least he probably knew when he met you, according to a brand new study. And here we are always giving guys the bad rap as cheaters.
Researchers from the University of Western Australia wondered whether guys could tell if a woman is the cheating type just by looking at her face. Turns out, when it comes to judging a total stranger on looks alone guys are pretty darned good at telling apart the faithful from the not-so-faithful.
“It is striking that men were able to show any accuracy from images alone after only a brief presentation, considering that accuracy in faithfulness judgments made from behavioural information is relatively poor,” the researchers say in the paper.
Here’s how it went down. Forty-three heterosexual men looked at 17 pairs of photographs of two women, and were asked to identify which one of the two would cheat. In total 34 images were presented to men between the ages of 20 and 42, who were asked to pick which woman looked more faithful.
The results? 55 to 59 per cent of the time the guys picked right. Guess Ashley Madison has nothing on them, huh?
Here’s where things got sticky though — the guys were only able to accurately judge a woman when she was compared with another woman. When shown the photographs on their own, the success rate plummeted.
The bottom line? Maybe we shouldn’t judge a book — or a lady — by the cover after all. Oh, and ladies — be careful who you stand next to in the presence of your man.