Movember Survey Gives Insight Into Facial Hair In Relationships

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6th November 2012 14:32 - Health

Zoosk has recently conducted a survey among some of their members to gain some insight into the thoughts regarding facial hair and its' significance in a relationship. 

The survey was conducted as many men around the world begin participation in 'Movember', a charity event designed to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues, particularly prostate and testicular cancer. 

Of the 8,500 global members polled, in countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Mexico, Sweden, the UK and the US, exactly half of American men said that their father had facial hair, with 64% of American men themselves having facial hair. 40% of American men (44% worldwide) say that having facial hair increases their confidence. Other reasons for facial hair growth are that it makes the men feel more attractive (36%), they feel more sophisticated (15%) and one in ten feels that having facial hair makes them more intelligent (9%). 

Women's opinions also give a valuable insight, with more than a third (36%) of American women preferring a goatee to a beard or a moustache. The 'soul patch' is the least popular form of facial hair. 

And apparently facial hair can increase the chance of romance for women, with 63% of American women saying they would be more open to romance with a man who grew facial hair for a worthy cause like Movember. French women feel less strongly, however, with only a quarter (27%) saying they would feel more inclined to a relationship with a man who grew for a cause. This may be the reasoning behind only 40% of French men growing some form of facial hair. 

Men and women's opinions differ when it comes to celebrity facial hair, with more than 50% of women around the globe stating that Johnny Depp has the best facial hair, as opposed to the 45% of American men who responded with Sean Connery. Depp received a quarter of the male vote, and came in second (26%). 

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