Why Women Want to Hook Up with Unavailable Guys

May 3 08:56 2012 Aldrin Print This Article

Have you ever noticed how an attractive guy will suddenly seem hotter the moment he’s off the market

Have you ever noticed how an attractive guy will suddenly seem hotter  the moment he’s off the market? Take Ryan Reynolds for example: Although  he’s already known to be adorable,Guest Posting his solid hunk status didn’t kick in  until he hooked up with, and then married, Scarlett Johansson. The same  goes for Dax Shepard, whom we didn’t bother to give a second look until  he coupled up with Kristen Bell. And come to think of it, Justin Long  almost never really registered in our babe-dar pre-Drew Barrymore.  According to a recent study, this phenomenon isn’t just limited to our  celebrity crushes. After conducting a survey on single women about the  characteristics of their ideal man, Oklahoma State University  researchers showed them a photo of a guy that is believed to be their  “perfect match,” and asked if they would hook up with him. When we revealed that their perfect match was single, 59 percent of the women said they would hook up  with him. When they were told he was already spoken for, a staggering  90 percent said they would. The conclusion: Just knowing the guy is  unavailable makes him more appealing. Knowing this freaky piece of  information will likely set off major alarms, we decided to dig deeper  so we could find out the reason behind this forbidden attraction.Basic InstinctFor some experts, it makes perfect sense why women automatically find  taken men more tempting than single ones. The reason can be traced back  during the caveman days, where finding an ideal mate was a matter of  life and death. If your man is not capable of protecting you and  providing your basic needs, you wouldn’t survive. So when you meet a guy  that’s in a successful relationship, the cavewoman part of your brain  tells you he must be a good protector and provider, making his  desirability shoot through the ceiling. Conversely, guys are different:  The study revealed they had no preference for single women. This isn’t  really surprising, because guys don’t need to do much instinctual  digging to sense that a woman would be a good partner. They just look  for physical signs that a woman is fertile, like possessing a nice  hip-to-waist ratio, which can be visually examined on the spot.In addition to women’s primal urges, some are inadvertently drawn to  unavailable guys because they see them play a purely romantic role. We  can see them hold their partner’s hand, open the door for her, and then  women assume he’s Prince Charming. They don’t see the moody, burping,  fantasy playing dude she’s really in a relationship with.Have you ever noticed how an attractive guy will suddenly seem hotter  the moment he’s off the market? Take Ryan Reynolds for example: Although  he’s already known to be adorable, his solid hunk status didn’t kick in  until he hooked up with, and then married, Scarlett Johansson. The same  goes for Dax Shepard, whom we didn’t bother to give a second look until  he coupled up with Kristen Bell. And come to think of it, Justin Long  almost never really registered in our babe-dar pre-Drew Barrymore.  According to a recent study, this phenomenon isn’t just limited to our  celebrity crushes. After conducting a survey on single women about the  characteristics of their ideal man, Oklahoma State University  researchers showed them a photo of a guy that is believed to be their  “perfect match,” and asked if they would hook up with him. When we revealed that their perfect match was single, 59 percent of the women said they would hook upwith him. When they were told he was already spoken for, a staggering  90 percent said they would. The conclusion: Just knowing the guy is  unavailable makes him more appealing. Knowing this freaky piece of  information will likely set off major alarms, we decided to dig deeper  so we could find out the reason behind this forbidden attraction.Basic InstinctFor some experts, it makes perfect sense why women automatically find  taken men more tempting than single ones. The reason can be traced back  during the caveman days, where finding an ideal mate was a matter of  life and death. If your man is not capable of protecting you and  providing your basic needs, you wouldn’t survive. So when you meet a guy  that’s in a successful relationship, the cavewoman part of your brain  tells you he must be a good protector and provider, making his  desirability shoot through the ceiling. Conversely, guys are different:  The study revealed they had no preference for single women. This isn’t  really surprising, because guys don’t need to do much instinctual  digging to sense that a woman would be a good partner. They just look  for physical signs that a woman is fertile, like possessing a nice  hip-to-waist ratio, which can be visually examined on the spot.In addition to women’s primal urges, some are inadvertently drawn to  unavailable guys because they see them play a purely romantic role. We  can see them hold their partner’s hand, open the door for her, and then  women assume he’s Prince Charming. They don’t see the moody, burping,  fantasy playing dude she’s really in a relationship with.

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