Women prefer men with muscle strength
Men who are looking for a relationship are likely to increase their chances if they become physically stronger. We, the ever ignorant compilers of this free web magazine, base this speculation on research from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. According to that study, men with relatively much muscle strength are more successful in the relationship market than men with relatively little muscle strength.
In 1994-1995 and in 2007-2008, the researchers determined with how much force around five thousand men and women could squeeze a gripper-like device with their hands. The participants of the study were born between 1923 and 1948.
At the same time, the researchers determined the relationship status of the study participants. Were they married? Separated? Widower or widow? Or had they been single all their lives?
Men with more strength in their hands were more often married than men with little strength in their hands. For women, strong men are probably more attractive than men with little strength, the researchers conclude.
The Norwegians, however, found no association between the hand grip strength of women and their relational status. Apparantly, when men decide whether they want a relationship with a woman, muscle strength does not play a significant role.
"Our results hint that women may be favoring partners who signal strength and vigor when they marry", the researchers write. "If longer-lived women marry healthier men, then both may avoid or defer the role of caregiver, while less healthy men remain unmarried and must look elsewhere for assistance."
For men with less strength and health, there is a double burden, speculate the Norwegians. These men are not only less healthy, but the will also become less healthy as a group because they stay single more often. According to data from the Norwegians, men who live alone have a mortality rate that is 40 percent higher than men with a steady relationship.
SSM Popul Health. 2018 Apr 14;5:1-7.
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