or a long time, it was always assumed that women found musicians more attractive than regular men, and now, there are studies that confirm the theory. In a study conducted at Universate de Bretagne-Sud, a physically attractive 20 year old man was sent out to hit on 300 women, using a script that was given to him. 31 percent of the women he hit on when he was holding a guitar gave him their number, compared to 14 percent when he wasn’t carrying anything. When he was carrying a gym bag, he only got the phone numbers of 9 percent of the women he hit on.
In another study, Facebook friend requests which read “Hey, what’s up? I like your photo,” were sent out to college age women, the profile with a the man strumming a guitar got three times the request acceptance rate as a picture of the man without the guitar. The reverse of the study was conducted, but it didn’t make a difference to men if the woman had a guitar or not.
The results of this study beg the question of what exactly makes women more attracted to men who play the guitar? The researchers in France had a theory that playing music is associated with intellectual and physical abilities, which females believe are good qualities in a prospective partner or mate.
The ability to play a guitar also implies that the man has a strong work ethic, because it takes a lot of time and patience to learn how to play the guitar. Another theory is that seeing a man with a guitar case projects the image of successful musicians, which puts the concepts of status and wealth in the woman’s mind.
The best explanation for why women are more attracted to guitar players is given in a paper published by John Manning and Vanessa Sluming, two researchers who provided evidence of a link between musical ability and testosterone. They believe that testosterone enhances the growth of the right hemisphere of the brain, which facilitates musical ability.
There is still a lot of research to be done on this subject, because there are still a lot of unanswered questions, like if the female’s attraction to a man who plays a guitar is a short or long term deal. The one thing that every man needs to know for now is that the ability to play a guitar increases their attractiveness in the eyes of women, which is a good reason to start taking some guitar lessons.