MIAMI — A new study shows Michigan’s “beautiful” Asian men attracted more women than men of any other ethnicity.
The University of Michigan researchers looked at a sample of 6,500 women who had been dating someone of Asian descent from 2007 to 2010.
They found that among those who had had a significant relationship with a non-Asian partner, a significant proportion had been attracted to a woman of Asian heritage.
“It’s not that we found this was a coincidence or that the men were more attracted to women who are of Asian ancestry,” said Lisa Chen, associate professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota and lead author of the study.
“Rather, it’s that it’s just more than a coincidence.”
“If you’re looking for someone of a certain ethnic background to marry, it seems to be a very appealing match,” said Chen.
She and her co-authors are calling it the “Asian Beauty Effect” because the findings suggest there’s a strong connection between attractiveness and ethnicity.
“There are two different ways of looking at that,” Chen said.
The researchers surveyed 5,000 women, including nearly 1,000 married women. “
The other is that we’re also seeing a lot of these relationships in which Asian women are more attractive than their male counterparts.”
The researchers surveyed 5,000 women, including nearly 1,000 married women.
Of the women in the sample, more than two-thirds were married to men of Asian background.
Of those married to non-Hispanic white men, more of the women were of Asian origin than white men.
“That indicates that the beauty that a person is capable of has a strong impact on their relationship,” Chen told ABC News.
Chen and her colleagues analyzed data on 5,300 married women who were dating someone who had a “high level of social desirability,” meaning they had at least a 5 out of 10 on a scale of “a person I would want to marry,” as well as a 10 out of 20 on a measure of “social desirablity.”
The researchers also asked each woman to rate the attractiveness of her partner on a six-point scale from “not at all attractive” to “extremely attractive.”
The authors found that, in fact, Asian women of Asian backgrounds were more attractive to men than other ethnic groups, even among women of color.
“We think that Asian women, like any other minority group, are looking for a partner who is more socially desirable,” Chen explained.
“They’re looking to find someone who has a certain level of attractiveness to their ethnicity.”
Among the men who were attracted to Asian women were white men of average height and weighing in at 5’10” to 6’2″, with average builds.
“This would indicate that in many ways they were more sexually attractive than other men,” Chen noted.
The study was published in the March issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.