Don’t let that receding hairline get you down – a new study suggests bald men are perceived as more dominant by their peers.
University of Pennsylvania researchers conducted three experiments wherein participants rated pictures of bald men versus men with full heads of hair based on characteristics like dominance, confidence, masculinity and attractiveness.
The findings showed that bald men were viewed as more dominant, taller and stronger than their coiffed counterparts.
Unfortunately, dominant didn’t necessarily mean good-looking among participants. In two out of the three experiments, bald men were seen as less attractive than those with hair.
The researchers said these results are likely tied to signalling and stereotypes. In other words, men who opt for hairlessness are perceived as conducting a form of expression "which communicates information about the self otherwise difficult to observe."
The researchers added that baldness is “often found on men in traditionally masculine professions, so dominance may emerge through stereotypical associations with these figures."
The lesson here? Wear your lack of hair with pride – and reap the rewards.
h/t USA Today