When you’re in love, it can be hard to believe or accept that your partner is capable of cheating. However, new research suggests that unfaithful men can be detected from the moment you meet them with a simple look at their face.
In a study published by Royal Society Open Science, experts revealed that men with more ‘masculine’ facial features were more likely to cheat on their partners.
This was concluded after a group of heterosexual participants were presented with a series of photographs of 189 white men and women and asked to judge them on a scale of one to 10 on how likely they were to cheat, going off their appearance alone.
As a result, it turned out that the men the participants had selected were in fact the same men who had admitted to cheating on their partner. These men all had ‘masculine’ features such as a strong brow ridge, strong jaw and thinner lips, and were more likely to be perceived as cheaters – a perception which turned out to be accurate as they had indeed confessed to being unfaithful or having a history of chasing women in relationships.
‘Perceived unfaithfulness may indeed contain some kernel of trust in male faces,’ said the study’s authors. However, the research team did stress that many other factors need to be considered when deciding whether someone is capable of being unfaithful.
‘The actual unfaithfulness varies in our sample of faces, and 4-8 per cent of this variation is accounted for by the average perceived unfaithfulness of those faces,’ said Dr Yong Zhi Foo, the first author of the research from the University of Western Australia.
Similarly, Dr Kristen Knowles, a psychologist from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, told The Guardian: ‘We should be aware that these behaviours are incredibly complex, and are likely to be influenced by many factors, including social and cultural effects, personality, genetics and life experiences.’