In 2014, researchers at the University of Alaska at Anchorage conducted a study revealing that women are drawn to men who embrace what they termed “hunter-gatherer risks.” The study involved more than 230 undergraduates. They completed questionnaires assessing the level of attractiveness they attributed to potential partners engaging in various types of risky behaviors compared to those engaging in low- or no-risk behaviors. Hunter-gatherer risks, such as mountain biking, deep-sea scuba diving, and extreme rollerblading, were contrasted with “modern” risks. These included academic plagiarism, careless handling of chemicals in a lab, and neglecting to update computer virus-protection software. The results indicated that women expressed a greater attraction to men who took on hunter-gatherer risks reminiscent of those faced by ancestral humans. However, women found men engaging in modern risks less appealing, as they might be perceived as unwise choices.
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