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5 Science-backed ways men can appear more attractive

Here are five scientifically proven ways that men can gain more dating app matches.

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It’s official, cuffing season is well upon us and if you’re reading this article, you’re probably looking for ways to increase your chances of finding that perfect match.

Here are five scientifically proven ways that men can gain more dating app matches.

1. Get a dog

Dogs aren’t only a man’s best friend, but the ultimate wingman.

A 2022 study done by Honest Paws revealed that having a dog in your dating profile photos increases your chances of matching. 

The study surveyed 600 singles in the US, of which 70% of respondents found that having a dog in their pictures helped them get more matches. 60% of respondents also revealed that they’re more tempted to match with someone who has a dog in their profile picture.

Researchers at the University of Jaen in Spain also revealed that women feel more at ease with men with dogs in their pictures, according to Mirror.

This could be due to men being seen as more committed and trustworthy if they have a dog, and it’s also a great conversation starter.

2. Drink up

A recent study by The Bottle Club revealed that men are in with a better chance on dating apps if their profiles feature alcohol. 

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Men received 150% more matches with women on Tinder when their profile displayed drinks in their photos, and were deemed more attractive when they included an interest in beer, nights out and pubs in their profiles.

Men also received 173.9% more matches from other men when holding a drink in their profile pictures, confirming that a man who drinks is seen to be more desirable to date to both women and other men. 

Chris Pleines, Dating Expert from, says: “Men who drink are seen as masculine, social beings who know how to keep company.”

3. Have an education

Women want brains, whilst men tend to go for level of attractiveness. A 2015 study found that a man’s desirability increased with his earning potential, and the more education he had behind him.

In the study using fake dating profiles, men gained more dating app matches with women of all educational levels when they themselves had a higher education level. The percentage of matches grew even more so when paired with greater income. 

Men with higher incomes were also found to be more likely to match with highly educated women – Suggesting that education was merely a by-product of the true motivating factor: income.

4. Looks do matter

A 2017 study by Journal Evolutionary Psychological Science revealed that although women reported that personality is more important to them, findings suggested that women still need a certain level of attractiveness to find men desirable.

The results showed that as long as a man was considered moderately attractive, women would be more likely to go for a man with more desirable personality traits (respectful, trustworthy, honest). Concluding that women are not willing to give up attractiveness in favour of personality.

We can’t help what we look like, but there are some sneaky tips and tricks that can make you look more compelling. 

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In one experiment, 50 women were asked to look at a photo of a man in either a red or green shirt and rate the man’s attractiveness. The man was rated significantly more attractive when he was wearing a red shirt.

There’s also the cheerleader effect, suggesting you’ll look more desirable if you include group photos with friends in your profile. 

5. Wait it out

If all else fails, patience really is key. A 2018 study published by Journal Science Advances found that the average man’s desirability peaks around age 50, and woman’s desirability drops from the time she is 18 until she is 60.


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