SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – What attracts you to your mate?
“I would say if he's hard-working. Either he's in school or he has a job. That you can tell that he's really goal-oriented,” said Utahn Jasmine Fierro.
“Usually if they are a good, solid guy,” said Utahn Melissa Fife.
“At this age, stability and pretty much well-roundedness,” said Robin Paluso.
Do you like passion, washboard abs and a chiseled jaw?
“It definitely is important. If you're not attracted to them it's kind of difficult to want to enter into a long-term relationship with them,” said Fife.
Or would you sacrifice the sexiness for reliability?
“I mean you need it, but that's not what sustains a relationship,” said Fierro.
The study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society-B surveyed 2,500 heterosexual women with one child. 1,000 of the women were taking birth control pills and the other 1,500 were not on any type of oral contraceptive. The study found the pill-takers were overall less-satisfied in the bedroom.
“I like to think that we have the best of both worlds, you know?” said Utahn Levi Lemmon.
Dr. Craig Roberts, who oversaw the study, says preferences in mates shift over the menstrual cycle. And when women are ovulating they might be more interested in someone they find physically attractive.
“So, I don't know. When I was young and breeding and having children I wanted the passion and I stayed 28 years with it,” said Paluso.
When women aren’t ovulating the study showed women are more interested in men who possess more fatherly traits.
Well, maybe that makes sense because I'm past menopause. So, now at this age I want the good guy and the partner for life,” said Paluso.
Dr. Roberts points out that when women are on the pill they don’t experience these hormonal shifts which leads him to conclude that this attracts them to the more good, loyal husbands and lackluster lovers.