According to a new study led by Barnaby Dixson and published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, men with beards are better boyfriend and marriage material then clean-shaven men.
The study of bodacious beard straddles the line of masculinity and femininity and, essentially, alters the face shape of a fella; thus rendering him ALL SORTS of attractive because, apparently, women don’t like men too masculine or feminine.
Add to that the idea that facial hair indicates testosterone and testosterone indicates maturity and, according to the study, you've got a recipe for sweet relationship success.
Now you're probably thinking: "OK, sure, I kinda get that. But what about if beneath the bountiful beard lay a jawline so sharp it could cut glass? What a travesty to mask such a thing!" Well, Barnaby's got an answer for that, too.
Men with short stubble well groomed beards were looked at as more short-term boyfriends.
Of 8,520 women asked, a mind-blowing 8,520 women (all of them, then) showed a preference for facial hair when asked to rate men (both with and without facial hair) out of six on attractiveness and on a spectrum of 'relationship longevity'. That's pretty conclusive, non? Guys with bountiful beards were considered more for marriage, while guys with little-to-no scruff were generally considered casual relationship material.