Study: You Can Tell The Man’s A Cheater Just By Looking At His Face

They say looks can be deceiving, but certainly not in this case. Apparently a new study has found that men are more likely to be labelled as cheaters just by their faces than women.

Conducted by the University of Western Australia and published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, both women and men are able to identify men who have cheated on their partners from just analysing their facial expressions. But we thought we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover?

The Study : Both men and women managed to point out the cheaters! 

The research team did an online study of more than 1,500 women and men aged between 18 and 75, in which they were shown photographs of 189 Caucasian adults pictured with neutral expressions. Out of that, 101 were men.

The participants were then asked to rate how likely each of the individuals were unfaithful on a 10-point scale based on the photos. The study results show both men and women successfully singled out those men who were untrustworthy with a success rate better than chance.

“We found above-chance accuracy in unfaithfulness judgement of same-sex faces – but only for men rating men’s faces and not women rating women’s faces. Our results were not as expected,” says Dr Yong Zhi Foo. Surprise, surprise!

He also said, “Taken together, both men and women showed above-chance accuracy for men’s faces but not women’s faces.” The scientists also states that perceived unfaithfulness “may indeed contain some kernel of truth in male faces”.

Masculinity is a big giveaway! 

The study finds that male masculinity signals men’s tendency to adopt short-term mating strategies, with more masculine men having more sexual partners and having more positive attitudes towards uncommitted sex and multiple mating.

As for women, Dr Foo suggests that perhaps women are less likely to be labelled as unfaithful as their faces may also be affected from cosmetic procedures like eyelash extension and brow shaping.

However, the researchers also mentions that, “we should not rely on our first impressions to make diagnostic judgements of unfaithfulness in everyday situations”.

But, you know what they say, if your gut tells you something is off about a person, it’s usually true!