Scrolling through a dating app often requires you to make hasty judgments about people by seeing only their faces. Does this person seem nice or totally neurotic? Two psychology professors recently took it a step further by asking study participants to make the same kind of judgments by replacing people’s faces with pictures of their cocks.
The study, led by Thomas Brooks of New Mexico Highlands University and Stephen Reysen of Texas A&M University, was published this month in the journal Sexuality and culture. Brooks and Reysen showed 106 participants (mostly straight women) 24 photos of strangers’ penises from public Reddit forums and asked them to rate penises in terms of attractiveness, frequency of intercourse, or performance in bed.
Participants also had to provide an approximate number of partners the appendix owner had had, place it on the “five great personality traits” scale (openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism) then define whether the penis was “prototypical” or to be placed in the category of the average penis.
The two researchers had earlier made several assumptions about what participants might have seen in these cocks. They assumed that long and wide penises would be considered more “prototypes” than short and thin penises and that the former would project a positive image of their owner. They also assumed that the severed pubis gave the impression of conscientiousness.
Assumptions that turned out to be quite relevant. “Peas that were wider, longer and moderately hairy were viewed more positively in terms of personality and sexual attractiveness,” Brooks and Reysen argue. “The shorter and tighter penises were perceived as more neurotic.”
“This study shows that the genital aspect can contribute to the development of socially shared implicit theories about people, whether or not these impressions reflect their true personality. “
The longest cocks in the sample were considered to belong to people believed to be outgoing, conscientious, and open to new experiences. Respondents also gave a lot of credit to guys who keep their dick: penises surrounded by long pubic hair are associated with less extroversion and agreeableness, as well as fewer sexual partners.
“This study shows that the genital aspect can contribute to the development of socially shared implicit theories about people, whether or not these impressions reflect the true personality of the person being evaluated,” the two researchers conclude. They suggest that, just like people who claim they can detect “dark triad” personality traits (psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism) in the faces of others (a claim later disputed), people may be tempted to do the same with pictures of cocks.
“Although no comparison was made between the impressions shared by the participants and the actual personality characteristics of the people whose penises were used as stimuli, it can be reasonably inferred that a similar process of impressions is involved between faces and penises,” they point out. Brooks and Reysen.
This study, of course, is a matter of perception and perception is influenced by social norms and expectations. Having a big, well-cut cock doesn’t make you a nice or boring person. The study also doesn’t take into account what the receipt of an unsolicited dick reveals about the person behind the camera.
The two researchers point out, however, that in most cases of online dating, when the two interlocutors are consenting before exchanging a selfie taken in the bathroom, the cock is only a small part of the impression we have of a person – digital. or not.
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