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Study says when men try to sound sexy it doesn't work

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Using a sultry, low, breathy voice may sound sexy but apparently it only works when women do it.

According to a Time article on Tuesday, a study published in Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, says 20 men and 20 women were asked to use sexy voices. People listened to them and determined women were much better at "sexy talk" than men were, by lowering their voice and adding some hoarseness.

Study author Susan Hughes, a associate professor of psychology at Albright College says, “In fact, although not significantly, it got a bit worse when men tried to sound sexy."

Researchers believe it has to do with mate selection. Men tend to care more about attractiveness when it comes to finding the right partner, so women have "learned" to play up their attractive qualities, such as a sexy voice, in order win over a mate and beat out the competition.

The study also looked at other voice manipulations such as trying to sound "smart" or "confident." Apparently, the study found that both genders are successful at making their voices sound smarter, but men are better at making their voice sound more confident.

The research suggested that for men to attract women, they simply just need to lower their voices instead of trying to sound sexy. Study results showed women like men with deep voices because it makes them sound bigger.

What do you think? Can changing your voice change your appearance?



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