What your dick pic says about you

Scrolling through a dating app often requires making snap judgments about people by only seeing 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 while replacing people’s faces with pictures of their dicks.

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 & Culture. Brooks and Reysen showed 106 participants (mostly heterosexual women) 24 photos of strangers’ penises from public Reddit forums and asked them to rate the penises in terms of attractiveness, frequency of intercourse, or performance in bed.

The participants also had to give an approximate number of partners that the owner of the appendage had had, place it on the scale of the “big five personality traits” (openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism) then define whether the penis was “prototypical” or rather to be placed in the category of average penis.

The two researchers had first made several hypotheses about what the participants might see in these cocks. They assumed that long, wide penises would be considered more “prototypical” than short, thin penises and that the former would project a positive image of their owner. They also assumed that trimmed pubes would give the impression of conscientiousness.

Assumptions that turned out to be rather relevant. “Pises that were wider, longer, and moderately hairy were viewed more positively in terms of personality and sexual attractiveness,” Brooks and Reysen argue. “Shorter and narrower penises were perceived as more neurotic.”

“This study shows that genital appearance can contribute to the development of socially shared implicit theories about people, whether or not these impressions reflect their true personality. »

The longest dicks in the sample were considered to belong to people who were thought to be outgoing, conscientious and open to new experiences. Respondents also gave a lot of credit to guys who maintain 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 genital appearance 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,” conclude the two researchers. They suggest that much like people who say they can detect “dark triad” personality traits (psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism) in the faces of others (a claim since disputed), people might 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 reasonably be inferred that a similar process of impressions is engaged between faces and penises,” emphasize 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-trimmed dick doesn’t make you a nice or boring person. The study also doesn’t take into account what receiving an unsolicited dick tof reveals about the person behind the camera.

The two researchers note, however, that in most cases of online dating, when the two interlocutors are consenting before exchanging a selfie taken in the bathroom, the dick is only a small part of the impression. that we have of a person – digital or not.

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