According to a recent study by Colorado State University, if you’re a cat man, you’re less likely to score a date with women. That’s the bottom line according to the research. 708 women between the ages of 18 and 24 participated in the study. They were shown two pictures of the same man at varying stages of the online study. The images were with and without cats, and the statistics showed that those who had a feline in the image were less favored by the participants.
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If you’re a Texas man looking for love from the opposite sex, you may want to think twice about posing with your pet cat for an upcoming dating profile picture. “Men holding cats were viewed as less masculine; more neurotic, agreeable, and open; and less dateable,” the study authors said. According to study details, 38 percent of the women involved were more likely to casually date the men without a cat in their image and 37 percent would contemplate entering a serious relationship with that same person. In contrast, the same man in a picture with a cat caused those figures to drop to 33 percent in both categories. Likewise, the percentages of women polled who said that they would never think about dating that man rose to 14 percent from nine.
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When the male subject was pictured by himself, 40 percent of the women in the study said that they would be unlikely to or certainly would not casually date him. This figure increased 45 percent when a cat joined him in the picture. This figure also increased from 41 percent to 45 percent in those who outright said they wouldn’t consider him for a relationship.
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What does this mean? According to the study authors, it’s believed that the study results stem from long-held cultural stereotypes pertaining to dog and cat owners. In commenting on their findings, they wrote: “It is important to note that these findings were influenced by whether the female viewer self-identified as a ‘dog’ or ‘cat’ person, suggesting that American culture has distinguished ‘cat men’ as less masculine, perhaps creating a cultural preference for ‘dog men’ among most heterosexual women in the studied age group.”