AUSTIN (CBS HOUSTON) — A new study finds that men are intimidated by intelligent women.
Researchers from the University of Texas, University of Buffalo and California Lutheran University reveal that men find smart women attractive, but get cold feet about dating them, according to The Independent.
The study involved 105 men being read two hypothetical scenarios. The first asked them to imagine a romantic partner who either outperformed or underperformed them in math or English. The second scenario asked the men if they would date such a woman in real life.
According to The Independent, men in the first scenario “formed favorable impressions and showed greater interest in women who displayed more (versus less) intelligence than themselves.” However, in the second scenario, men got cold feet and “distanced themselves more from her, tended to rate her as less attractive, and showed less desire to exchange contact information or plan a date with her.”