How to become an attractive man?

The concept of attractiveness has evolved over time, shaped by culture, media, and socio-economic factors. In recent years, studies, polls, and surveys have attempted to pin down what exactly constitutes an attractive man in the eyes of contemporary women. Before we move to what the data suggest let’s expose some of the most prominent stereotypes because it’s equally crucial to identify and debunk some prevailing myths that can perpetuate unrealistic expectations and pressure for men, and often stem from outdated or misguided societal views.

Owning a Sports Car Indicates Success and Attractiveness?

While a luxury car may be a sign of financial success, it doesn’t necessarily equate to overall attractiveness. In fact, a study from the University of Texas at Austin showed that while men believed that expensive cars made them more attractive to women, the women surveyed did not rate men with flashy cars as more desirable long-term partners.

But being wealthy helps or not?

Although financial stability has historically been an attractive quality, the modern woman values more than just a man’s bank balance. According to a 2019 study published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, while women still find financial prospects moderately important, other qualities like kindness, intelligence, and physical attractiveness rate higher. This means that while being wealthy can be a bonus, it’s not the only, or even the primary, factor in perceived attractiveness.

Cockiness Over Confidence

Confidence is undoubtedly attractive, but there’s a fine line between being self-assured and cocky. Overconfidence or arrogance can be off-putting. A 2018 survey from YouGov revealed that humility was a top-rated trait in potential partners. Authenticity and the ability to acknowledge one’s faults make for more enduring appeal than mere bravado.

Muscles are a Must

While physical fitness can signify health and self-care, the notion that one must possess a chiseled physique to be attractive is a myth. According to a survey by Planet Fitness, 70% of women prefer men with a “dad bod” – a more relaxed body type – over someone who’s overly muscular. Being comfortable in one’s skin is more appealing than fitting into a specific body type.

Women are Attracted to the “Bad Boy” Image

The trope of the “bad boy” is a staple in popular culture, suggesting that rebellious, aloof men are inherently attractive. However, while some may be drawn to this archetype in the short term, studies have shown that traits such as reliability, honesty, and kindness—often not associated with the “bad boy” image—are highly valued for long-term relationships.

Men Shouldn’t Show Vulnerability

The belief that men should always be stoic and hide their emotions is an outdated stereotype. Emotional availability and the ability to express vulnerability can be seen as signs of strength and authenticity. A survey by Men’s Health found that a significant number of women find emotional depth in a partner desirable, valuing genuine emotional connections over superficial ones.

Tattoos Signify a “Tough” or “Rebellious” Personality

While tattoos were once associated with a rebellious streak, they’ve become mainstream and a form of personal expression. Having tattoos doesn’t automatically make someone more attractive, nor does it signify a specific personality type. The attractiveness of tattoos largely depends on individual preferences.
Stereotypes and myths about what makes a man attractive are pervasive, but as societal norms evolve, it’s evident that genuine connections, authenticity, and emotional intelligence rank high in importance. Being true to oneself and embracing individuality, rather than adhering to outdated notions of attractiveness, will likely resonate more with contemporary women.

So who are “The Modern Heroes”?

A few male archetypes based on contemporary literature, film, and surveys include:

The Nurturer: He’s emotionally available, empathetic, and supportive. Many women today value emotional intelligence and a man’s ability to communicate and connect.

The Protector: Not necessarily in the physical sense, but someone reliable who offers a feeling of security and support.

The Passionate Professional: A man who is passionate about his work or hobbies, indicating drive and purpose.

The Adventurer: Someone open to experiences, traveling, and learning can be very appealing, indicating a zest for life.

In some parts of the world men are scarce

Some regions have skewed gender ratios for various reasons. These include:

Russia: For every 100 women, there are approximately 86.8 men, owing to factors like high male mortality rates and wars.

Baltic States (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia): These countries also have more women than men, attributed to economic migration and higher male mortality.

China: The one-child policy led to a gender imbalance, though in this case, there are more men than women. However, with the rural-urban divide, women in urban areas can sometimes find a shortage of suitable partners, as men in rural regions may struggle with dating.

While attributes such as wealth and archetypal traits play a role in attractiveness, contemporary women value a mix of emotional, physical, and intellectual qualities. A man doesn’t need to fit a single mold; authenticity, kindness, and a sense of purpose can be far more attractive. With evolving societal norms, the idea of attractiveness continues to diversify, and men should focus on personal growth and genuine connections.