- New research has found women think men with tattoos are more masculine
- Masculinity has previously been linked to having high levels of testosterone
- Scientific studies have found the hormone encourages men to chase an affair
Women have long been wary of dating bulky men with tattoos.
But new research has confirmed their suspicions and found those with body art are more likely to cheat.
Despite considering them to be healthier, they were left turned-off by the prospect of dating an inked man, a study found.
Not only did they consider those with tattoos to be more aggressive, but they were also thought to be dominant and masculine – linked to high testosterone levels.
Men with tattoos are deemed as more masculine by women, new research suggests. But masculinity is linked to higher levels of testosterone – linked to cheating and aggression
Its long been known that the hormone, which is responsible for sex drive and muscle growth, encourages men to chase an affair.
Polish researchers asked 2,500 heterosexual men and women to give their thoughts on pictures of topless men.
Some of the images had been edited to display a small piece of body art on their arms.
Men considered those who had tattoos as more attractive than their counterparts who didn’t have one, the study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found.
But they also found that tattooed men were considered less attractive by some women.
Despite linking the tattooed men with being healthier – a common scientific finding – they also found them as more masculine.
Its long been known that testosterone, which is responsible for sex drive and muscle growth, encourages men to chase an affair
Writing in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, the researchers said: ‘The dark side of testosterone-related features perfectly explains why women assessed tattooed men.’
Higher levels of masculinity are linked to increased amounts of testosterone, which is known to make men more competitive.
Almost a decade ago, scientists from the University of New Mexico found men in committed relationships have low testosterone levels.
While cheating men have much higher levels.
It is believed that the hormone aids men in their efforts to attract mates by increasing their confidence.