Psychology Today had an interesting article in their November 2008 edition that spoke of how men with either a bit of stubble or a short beard were more attractive than a clean-shaven or fully bearded man, and that guys with longer facial hair were deemed more manly, powerful, aggressive and seasoned than their baby-faced counterparts.
There was a caveat to the study however: the sixty women interviewed found the men with light stubble the most suitable for both short and long term relationships, which the article explained away as saying stubble means you're mature enough to have facial hair, but a full beard is too much of a good thing. Still, several of the study participants felt the need to share with the researchers at Northumbria University that, even though they found a clean-shaven man less attractive, they preferred their partners to have a smooth face when they were intimate together.
What do you think? Do men with a bit of stubble appeal to you more, or would you rather they sport a clean-shaven look?
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Reference: Hutson, M. (2008, November). In the Rough. Psychology Today, 41(6), 24-24.