What do you think your beard says about you? Does it say that you are an academic? A bit set in your ways? Rugged? Manly? Stylish? Or does it tell the world that you are more likely to cheat on your significant other?
I think many of us would take offence to such an assumption, but according to a survey conducted by Eva, a video social networking site, it could be true. They found that around 47% of men with facial hair had been unfaithful to their partners, compared with only 20% of clean shaven men. Or at least, that’s how many respondents admitted to doing the dirty anyway.
So what is it about having a beard that makes almost half of us philanderers? Do we simply feel more attractive with a little bit of facial hair, and so we are more open to other possibilities, or is there a special pheromone that is released from our chins when they become hairier?
The same survey also found that us bearded fellows are more likely to steal and fight than our clean-shaven counterparts.
As with all such surveys, these things are best taken with a pinch of salt. Of course, we know that not all beardsmen are cheaters, and that all too often those with the bushiest beards are some of the friendliest, yet loyal, men we know. And when it comes to lying – if that’s true, then these figures could be completely wrong!
One other thing that the survey did bring up, was whether or not women found facial hair attractive. From personal experience I have found that beards can be somewhat of a talking point, which makes women feel more relaxed and comfortable in my company. However, the survey found that 65% of women did not like the look of a beard. Considering the wide range of facial hair styles, I find this figure hard to believe. And if this is the case, then how are 47% of bearded men managing to cheat on their partners?
While this survey certainly presents our beards in a less-than-favourable light, it definitely doesn’t encourage me to pick up a razor and go for the bald-chin look. Quite the opposite, in fact. We need to stick together, beard-by-beard, and show the world what it really means to carefully grow and maintain a facial hair style. It takes commitment, dedication and a little bit of love – all excellent attributes to display when looking for a potential partner. After all, if you can’t stick at growing a beard, how can you be expected to live with one person for the rest of your life?!
Also, a word of warning. If you are intending to get into a fight while sporting a rather long beard – don’t. A sharp tug on your facial hair will hurt! And stealing isn’t a great idea either, since your beard will make you rather a distinctive suspect!