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Bad Boys Behave Better When Women Present

The ladies can indeed bring out the best in guys, but for women it’s no big deal.

You little rascal you.  Men – you know you behave somewhat badly at times.  You know that sometimes you don’t do the right thing even when you are supposed to. But, if an attractive woman comes into view you instantly turn into the angelic person your mother always hoped you’d be.

That’s the conclusion of new research that also found that the presence of an attractive man has no effect on women. Further, the more attractive a woman the more kind and selfless men are prone to be.

Donation Game

To come to their conclusions, the researchers conducted two experiments.  In the first, 65 men and 65 women with an average age of 21 played a game.  In the game they could donate money via a computer program.  Donations were intended to be “selfless” in that all the volunteers would benefit from the donations but the donor received nothing.  The volunteers didn’t know whom they were playing with and were watched by either someone of the same or opposite sex who were deemed very attractive.  The outcome was that the men were found to do more good deeds when they were watched by an attractive woman, but being watched by an attractive man had no affect on the volunteer women.

In the second test, groups of men were asked to make donations.  There were more donations when the men were watched by a pretty woman and, in fact, the men started to compete with each other by making more donations.  When watched by a man, the men in the test didn’t increase the amount of their donations.

It’s All About Sex

“The research shows that good deeds among men increase when presented with an opportunity to copulate,” concluded the researchers. “Theoretically, this suggests that a good deed is the human equivalent of the peacock’s tail. Practically, this research shows how societies can encourage selfless acts.”

So, guys, what do you think?  Do you find yourself being more generous when you see an attractive woman?  Is it also the case that you feel more generous because your wife or girlfriend is attractive?  In a relationship or not, does your eye wander towards the donation box whenever you see a beautiful woman?  There’s seems to be a goldmine of research that can be conducted here.  But, perhaps it’s just best to give from the bottom of your heart, even if that location might be a bit harder to find in men.

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  1. Karen Gross

    On February 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm


    I think this is definitely a real phenomena, but only with first impressions. They should study celebrity pairings – how many stunningly beautiful women are divorced.Bad boys go back to their normal behavior once familiarity breeds contempt.

  2. dazzlejazz

    On February 9, 2012 at 3:12 am


    How totally interesting!!
    By the way, I LOVED the 3rd last sentence (or is that me being smutty?)

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