(Telegraph) Why the nice guy gets the girl…but the nice girl gets left on the shelf
By Sarah Knapton, Science Correspondent 7:00AM GMT 12 Mar 2014
Men are more likely to get married if they have a winning personality, but women have a better chance of becoming a bride if they are well groomed, a study by the University of Miami has found
It is claimed that the nice guy rarely gets the girl, but it seems that personality is more important than looks when it comes to marriage.
A sparkling wit and charming repartee boosts a man’s chances of walking down the aisle by 30 per cent, according to a study by the University of Miami.
However physically attractive men were less likely to get married, the researchers also found.
Men with their own homes were also 40 per cent more likely to get married than those renting while those following a religion were 60 per cent more likely to tie the knot.
“We have a somewhat curious finding that men with above average looks tend to be more likely to cohabit, while men with above average personalities tend to be more likely to marry,” said author Michael French professor of Health Economics at Miami University.
“The findings highlight Aristotle’s famous quote ‘the whole is more than the sum of its parts’ is pertinent when it comes to personal characteristics and marital arrangements.
“When it comes to long-term relationships and particularly those that result in marriage women are more concerned with a pleasant personality in men than good looks.”
For women, being well groomed appeared to have the biggest impact on getting married.
Women who were well turned out were 10 per cent more likely to be wives than those who did not take such care over their appearance.
Being unattractive also seemed to be a bigger stumbling block to marriage for women than men. Unattractive men were only nine per cent less likely to get married but less attractive women were 21 per cent less likely.
And having a good personality barely made a difference to a woman’s chance of becoming a bride.