Wednesday October 17, 2018

Don’t Lose Heart ! Bald men more confident, attractive: Study

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New York, Sep 17, 2017: Worried about losing your hair? Take heart from a study that claims that bald men are perceived as more attractive, confident, and dominant.

“Choosing to dispense with one’s hair is arguably a form of nonverbal behaviour, a form of expression which communicates information about the self otherwise difficult to observe,” researchers from The University of Pennsylvania, were quoted as saying by Britain’s Independent

The researchers also suggested that bald men might be more elusive than those with typical mops.

For the study, the team gave three major tests to college students, both men and women, asking them to rate images of men according to attractiveness, confidence and dominance.

In the first study, men with shaved heads were rated as more dominant than similar men with full heads of hair.

In the second study, men whose hair was digitally removed were perceived as more dominant, taller, and stronger than their authentic selves.

This effect was due to a large degree by their higher perceived confidence and masculinity, the researchers noted.

The third study extended these results with nonphotographic stimuli and demonstrates how men experiencing natural hair loss may improve their interpersonal standing by shaving.

Thus, instead of spending billions each year trying to reverse or cure their hair loss, the counterintuitive prescription of this research to men experiencing male pattern baldness is to shave their heads, the researchers emphasised.

Doing so will increase their interpersonal standing on a host of dominance-related traits, including their potential for leadership, they said. (IANS)

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Do Cosmetic Products Make you Feel Confident?

The team found that few older women claim to use cosmetic products to look younger but majority say they use them to look good and feel confident.

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Beauty companies focus more on how cosmetic products can make women look young but instead, they can replan marketing strategies on how these products can make them look good and feel confident, say researchers.

The findings showed that 62 percent of women used make-up daily and that only three percent used it to look younger. The majority — 52 per cent – used it to look good and 28 percent used it to feel confident.

Many middle-aged and older women feel underrepresented or not represented realistically in the media which affects their confidence and feelings of self-worth.

“They also dislike the young, airbrushed, or cosmetically-altered models used as they struggle to relate to them and consequently, to the products,” said Carolyn Mair from the London College of Fashion.

The team analysed over 500 women aged 40-89 years who participated in an online survey.

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They were asked on use of make-up like how they viewed advertisements aimed at their age group, how they perceived advertising and the impact of this on their self-worth.

The team found that few older women claim to use cosmetic products to look younger but majority say they use them to look good and feel confident.

Also Read: Watch out for Harmful Chemicals in Cosmetics

“It would be a step in the right direction if advertisers could reconsider some of their marketing strategies and focus less on how a product makes a women look younger and more about how the product can make her feel good about herself,” Mair added.

The study was scheduled to be presented this week at the British Psychological Society’s 2016 annual conference in Nottingham. (Bollywood Country)

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