5 Ways Music Affects Sexual Attraction
Charles Darwin once suggested that animals started creating musical notes and rhythm in order to charm the opposite sex. Although there is likely more behind musical evolution than simply attracting a mate, music can still play a significant role in the mating game. Many studies have shown that music has an effect on sexual attraction.
1. Your Favorite Genre Matters
The type of music you like can influence how attractive you seem to others. Communication Research published a study that showed a devotion to country music reduces the sex appeal of both men and women.
In contrast, how people felt about potential partners into classical or heavy metal music was gender specific. A fascination with heavy metal greatly enhanced the appeal of men in women’s eyes, but it lowered men’s view of women. A person’s appreciation of classical music had the reverse results—it improved men’s opinion of women and reduced women’s attraction to men.
It also mattered whether or not a taste in music was shared between two potential romantic partners. Men were strongly attracted to women they shared musical tastes with. Whereas, women did not seem to care whether a man shared their musical preferences or not.
2. Your Brain on Music
A study from the digital music service Spotify looked at the relationship between music, romance and seduction. Respondents from ages 18 to 91 said that music playing in the background is 40 percent more likely to arouse them than the touch of their partner.
A possible reason for this is that music has been shown to increase dopamine production in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter associated with pleasures like eating and sex.
A 2011 study found that levels of dopamine were up to 9 percent higher when volunteers were listening to music they enjoyed.
3. Men Benefit from a Musical Instrument
A study published in Psychology of Music found that women are more likely to give their phone number to a man carrying a guitar case. The experiment consisted of an attractive man approaching and complimenting 300 women, then asking for their phone numbers. Over a third of the women gave their numbers when the man was carrying a guitar case. When he was empty handed, only 14 percent showed interest, and a mere 9 percent shared their number when the man had a gym bag.
Another study showed that women are more receptive to a Facebook profile picture that shows a man with a musical instrument. Researchers set up two identical Facebook profiles, but one had a picture of an attractive young man with a guitar, and in the other photo he was empty-handed. They sent out a friend request to 100 single women with the message: “Hey, what’s up? I like your photo.”
In the end, 28 percent of women responded positively to the picture with the guitar, whereas only 10 percent responded positively to the picture without.
The studies concluded that women may associate musical talent with a man’s genetic superiority and intellectual ability, making him more attractive. Also, music naturally has a positive, fun effect on people. This may make women more receptive to a courtship advance.
4. Women’s Fertility Affects How They View Men’s Musical Ability
It’s recognized that women’s attraction to different types of men changes across their menstrual cycle. Women tend to prefer men with more stereotypically masculine traits during the fertile phase of their cycle. And they usually have an interest in masculine men for short-term relationships, not long-term.
A 2014 study looked at whether or not a man’s musical abilities also affect women’s patterns of attraction. Researchers found that when women are fertile, they have a greater attraction towards men who are able to create more complex music compositions. The men considered more musically adept seemed to appear more masculine.
Whereas, during the non-fertile times of their cycle, women showed no preference to a man’s musical abilities. In addition, when the fertile women were asked what type of composer they would want for marriage, they also had no preference.
From a genetic standpoint, these findings could suggest that fertile women naturally look for the best genes for their children from men who exhibit greater masculinity. At the same time, they reserve other standards for men they would want for long-term partners.
5. Website Music Polarizes Genders
A University of Miami study found that the background music of a website affects the website owner’s perceived attractiveness. And the results were completely opposite for women and men.
Women felt heavy metal music on a website meant a male owner was more attractive, whereas men felt classical music meant a female owner was more attractive.
The researchers suggested this was due to evidence that a person’s preferences in music affects how they are seen by others. For instance, people who like classical music are viewed as more educated and emotionally stable. And music with heavy bass or rap has been shown to be associated with people considered extroverted or psychotic.
It was recommended to keep this in mind if you’re designing a personal website either for yourself or your business. The music you choose can have a big impact on what your visitors will think about you.