A new study from Colorado State University is shedding some light on what makes people swipe left, or-say-no to your profile on Tinder.

Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science researchers have come to a conclusion that men who like cats are less likely to get a date.

Scientists showed hundreds of women photos of two men. One man was holding a cat, the other man wasn't. As the study progressed, researchers found that responses for the man holding the cat were drastically worse than the no cat photo.

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According to the study, 38% of women said they were "likely or very likely" or casually date a man with no cat in his photo, while 37% said they'd consider a long term relationship. However, when shown a photo of a man with a cat, the numbers dropped to 33%. Meanwhile, the number of women saying they'd "never even consider" getting involved with cat man rose from 9% to 14%.

Women prefer men with ‘good genes,’ defined as more masculine traits. The presence of a cat diminishes that perception.

 

Source: MDPI

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