Study: Nice Guys Finish First In Poor Economy
2:15 pm, April 20th | by Laura Donovan
New research from Southampton Solent University reveals that soft-spoken men who shy away from big risks fare better among female suitors during an economic downturn than flashier cheeseballs who dazzle with their bling and sense of adventure. You’d think ladies would go for a high-earning dude during penny-pinching days, but the study finds that females are more comfortable with males who make safer choices. These fellows usually don’t receive fat paychecks, but they’re also less likely to orchestrate Ponzi schemes, so a more normal individual is preferable in tough economic times.
But this doesn’t mean women enter into dull, spark-free relationships, according to researcher Dr. Fay Julal, who said, “He wouldn’t necessarily be boring. He might be very interesting but just comply with what the woman says.”
Well that’s a nice change of pace.
I’m an advocate for the whole “Help Nice Guys Finish First” campaign, but the Daily Mail‘s idea of what constitutes a nice guy could use a makeover. The publication used Academy Award winning performer Reese Witherspoon as an example of a woman who fell for the wild bad boy (ex-husband/actor Ryan Phillippe) in her younger years and chose a lower profile fellow (talent agent Jim Toth) for her second marriage. Toth may not be as well-known as Phillippe, but he’s hardly a low-risk kind of guy for selecting a life of minimal fame over super-stardom, but that’s neither here nor there. In a nutshell, don’t trust the uber charmers who promise you a gold-studded swimming pool during a recession. That’s my rule of thumb.