If you were played Jamie Foxx’s deep, husky voice and David Beckham’s high pitched speech and then had to choose which you found sexier, who would you go with? Appearances aside, we’re guessing you’d choose Mr Foxx without hesitation. And it looks like our little hypothetical experiment is scarily accurate – a study has revealed that deep voices score the ladies; every time.
Research published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that men with masculine, low-pitched voices are better at pulling the ladies. But get this – most of these ladies are just probably just looking for a short-term fling.
Researchers asked 87 women to listen to guys’ voices that were altered to sound lower and higher. Then they were asked to select who they thought was more likely to cheat and who they were more attracted to. Surprisingly, participants who felt that the deeper voiced guys were more likely to cheat also found them more attractive than their higher voiced counterparts.
Devastating, right? We find it highly annoying that, despite usually running a thousand miles when we suspect a cheater, it turns out we’d overlook this if his voice was hot?! We’re officially confused. But sex and relationship expert Isiah McKimmie says that our voice is one of the most powerful tools we have in our Attraction Artillery.
“A deep voice can convey a strong confident personality and women like masculine men. Plus, we're actually programmed to be turned on by the sounds of other people having sex. So sound is very connected to our arousal,” explains Isiah. Yep, turns out a great personality and a six pack isn’t all we’re attracted to, ladies.
A US study published in the Journal of Nonverbal Behaviour also found that we change our tone when talking to a love interest and will actually start to mimic them. So, you guessed it, chicks will speak in a lower voice and guys will adopt a higher one!
The study also found that variations in our voice could actually help us to indicate infidelity. While we’re kind of sceptical about this point, we do want to know exactly how you can find out if someone’s cheating.
The answer? Follow your instincts. “Women have great intuition - if you think something's going on, it's worth looking into. Signs of cheating include him staying 'at work' late, going out with friends but not telling you who he’s with, being very cagey about where he is and being very protective of his phone,” says Isiah.
So if you suspect he might be cheating ladies, don’t get swayed by his sexy voice – confront him.