Maybe you really do want to be that guy who breaks out his guitar to impress the ladies. That is, if you believe a new study from France’s Universite de Bretagne-Sud, which found that women are more attracted to a man if he’s holding a guitar.
Researchers tested this with a 20-year-old actor who was “previously evaluated as having a high level of physical attractiveness.” They set him loose in a French shopping district on a Saturday afternoon to ask 300 young women for their numbers. For a third of those instances, he held a guitar case; for another third, a sports bag; and for another third, he approached the women empty-handed.
More than twice the number of women gave him their number when he was holding the guitar case than when he was carrying nothing, and only nine gave him their number when he was carrying a sports bag. Researchers concluded that “musical practice is associated with sexual selection.” Now the question is, what is the actor going to do with the 54 numbers he got?