When it comes to animals, being flashy might not help them survive but at least it helps them reproduce. Some might say we can translate the same features to humans as well, but the situation seems to be a bit different. A team of researchers from the University of Buffalo have discovered that people with flashy cars or other striking appearances are indeed attractive, but not for long-term relationships.
Women want a man who can provide for a long-term relationship
When you see a person driving a flashy car and exhibiting a cocky attitude, you might be driven towards them at first. However, if you are looking for a serious relationship, avoid such extravagant details. Researchers revealed these people appear more promiscuous and less reliable, so those who want a long-term commitment will stay away from them.
This study is related to a slightly older one where women were asked to compare the drivers of different cars. They regarded those men who drove a Porsche Boxster as extremely unreliable. Also, they thought these people probably didn’t want committed relationships, as compared to others who drove a Honda Civic, for instance.
It turns out women choose what they look at in men depending on what they want for the future. If they want a brief one-night stand, they are more likely to be interested in flashy displays and in the physical appearance. However, when it comes to something serious, they look for wealth.
Flashy cars can bring you one-night stands, but will never offer a committed relationship
However, this doesn’t mean owners of flashy cars have an advantage. Men can express their wealth by buying a durable vehicle that doesn’t stand out but does its job. On the other hand, the unreliable ones can opt for a used car belonging to a popular brand. Then, they can spend money to make it look more extravagant.
Researchers concluded that people automatically interpret people with flashy cars and other such luxuries as less interested in serious things. They are a lot more likely to choose them for flings, but these displays won’t bring you your true long-term love.
The study was published in the journal Evolutionary Psychological Science.
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