Study Says Shaving Your Head Makes You "Seem Tougher"
Aug 06, 2012 11:03
Most girls can't resist bad boys, but how does one go from pansy into
bad-assery exactly? According to this new study via UPenn's Wharton
School of Business, shaving your long flowing locks might do the trick.
The discovery was made by lecturer at UPenn's Wharton School of Business, who was inspired to study the societal effects of male head-shaving by experimenting with his own head of hair (or lack off). According to him, people began to treat him more "deferentially" once he got rid of his hair.
Three subsequent studies he conducted on the subject, now republished in the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal, show that men with shaved heads are perceived as more "dominant, powerful, influential, and authoritative," adding that that the bald men were, on average, thought to be one inch taller on average than guys with hair. However, they were also perceived as less attractive and four years older.
There are a few theories as to why these skin heads appear so intimidating: shaved heads are prominently associated with traditionally-male professions (e.g. sports, the military, law enforcement); and since a full head of hair is pretty important to American culture, it takes "confidence" (i.e. a real man) to shave it all off.
Plus, could you imagine Jason Statham going around kicking ass without his signature baldness? Didn't think so: