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Scrawny Beats Brawny for Women Seeking a Life Mate

When young women look for long-term mates, they really do prefer Ray Romano-types over the Brad Pitts and Arnold Schwarzeneggers of the world. While they’re attracted to muscular men for quick flings, female college students surveyed at two campuses said they’d choose scrawnier guys as spouses, according to new research.

While the women surveyed tend to think of muscular men as more attractive and better in bed, they also think of them as “less faithful, less likely to treat them well and be less emotionally sensitive,” said study co-author David Frederick, a psychology graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Scrawny Beats Brawny for Women Seeking a Life Mate

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder & CEO of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today's society. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

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Grohol, J. (2018). Scrawny Beats Brawny for Women Seeking a Life Mate. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 18, 2019, from
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