Back in highschool, book worms weren’t regarded as the most virile of teenage archetypes but, like almost everything else in high school, the opposite is true in adulthood. Men who read were found much more attractive to women, according to new research from eHarmony.
The dating site studied profile data and discovered that men who list reading as an interest receive 19 percent more messages than those who don’t. Male readers were found to be “more intellectually curious than most” and that women found these men were easier “to form open and trusting relationships with others,” according to eHarmony. That makes sense; physical books are having a real moment.
Unfortunately, the books that garnered the most attention aren’t necessarily regarded as literary classics, though they do suggest one’s ambition. Business management titles like Richard Branson’s Screw It, Let’s Do It and Like a Virgin each received the most discernible spikes – 74 percent – than other titles. Other popular titles included genre fiction like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, dystopian masterpiece 1984 and The Da Vinci Code were also popular in the eyes of the fairer sex, seeing increases of 36 percent, 21 percent and five percent respectively.
Women who listed reading as an interest received more messages as well but on a much lesser scale, seeing a three percent surge in interest. Men were most attracted to women who listed The Hunger Games (44 percent), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (31 percent) and Game of Thrones (30 percent) in their profiles. All of these books are hugely popular and tied to major film franchises, which probably accounts for their popularity.
But not all books were regarded favorably among singles. Data found that listing Harry Potter as a favorite title resulted in 55 percent fewer messages among male singles in particular. Other titles that proved detrimental were The Bible, with a 16 percent decrease and Fifty Shades of Grey with a 16 percent decrease among women.
Why is reading regarded as such a turn-on? Past research argues this attraction could be attributed to one’s storytelling abilities. A 2016 study from the University of North Carolina found that women regard storytelling as a “high-status” quality in a potential suitor. During the series of studies, good story-tellers were regarded as more popular, more admired and were perceived as better leaders.
The same was not true for women. In fact, recent research has found that men are turned off by a clever woman. What’s more, men would only consider dating an intelligent woman if she was also incredibly attractive.
Not a good look, guys.