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If your man has a deep voice, you might want to keep a close eye on him.
The low-baritone voices that can waltz you toward bliss might be a warning sign. Take it from TV’s biggest stars like Don Draper in “Mad Men” or every sexy villain in any movie; a new study from Chinese researchers found that men with deeper voices are flakey when it comes to relationships and more likely to cheat.
The study, conducted from Southwest University in Chongqing, China, is set to appear in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.
Researchers conducted the experiments on 116 men and 145 women where they examined whether certain voice-related characteristics were linked to cheating intentions in both adult men and women living in China. They suspected that the relationship between infidelity and voice pitch would be similar across sexes, but that wasn’t what they found.
“Our findings demonstrated that masculine men are more likely to engage in infidelity and commit less to their romantic relationships compared with feminine men,” researchers wrote in their findings.
Prior research linked deeper voices to cheating before. A study from McMaster University in 2013 found that women are attracted to men with deeper voices, but that attraction has a timestamp.
While women might find lower voices more attractive, they perceive that it means their partner could cheat on them, which limits men with deeper voices to short-term relationships rather than a longterm marriage.
Participants in this new study had their voices measured and were asked questions about infidelity, especially how likely they were to be unfaithful to their current partner or future love affair. Respondents were asked to rate their responses on a scale, from 1 (not at all likely) to 7 (extremely likely).
At the conclusion of the study, researchers deterred that men with more masculine voices were more likely to engage in bad behavior like cheating and be less committed to a romantic relationship compared to other men. One of the reasons behind this can be because of testosterone levels, according to researchers.
“People with lower testosterone levels may be better at reading other people’s emotions and have enhanced interpersonal perceptions compared to those with higher levels. Moreover, higher levels of testosterone might impair relationship processes,” the report reads.
Although testosterone levels were not tested in this study, there were several other limitations that researchers admitted such as a narrow age range, the length of relationships, and lack of experience in regards to marriage.
In the US, men are more likely to admit to cheating on their partners than women, according to research research. A shocking 20% of ever-married men reported cheating on their spouse in the past, which is two times higher than ever-married women from the study.