We find attractive men more humorous because of their looks, a study has revealed.
It's long been believed that a good sense of humour is a sure-fire way to attract a women, but the study conducted by psychologists from the University of Stirling, shows that we rate someone's humour on how good looking they are too.
In a video interview, the study asked 40 undergraduate students choose an object from a selection of three (hair spray, chocolate or a plastic bag) to take with them to a desert island. The majority of the participants tried to give amusing answers even though researchers didn't expressly request this.
The psychologists then asked a separate group to watch the interviews and note who they thought was funny as well as who they thought was attractive.
The results showed that those male undergrads who were rated as attractive were also perceived as funnier than respondents who were rated as less good-looking.
Those male participants who were considered funnier were also rated by the second group as a good option for a fling, which scientists speculate may suggest that wittier people may be considered less likely to commit to long-term relationship.
Whether the participants voices were recorded or video-taped also played an important role in how they were perceived. Those who were video-taped were thought to be more amusing than those who just provided a photo of themselves and had their voices recorded.
Discussing the results of the study, the researchers said that men may use wit to attract a potential mate as this shows off their intellect.
Another theory the researchers put forward is that we show that we find a person funny to indicate that we are attracted to them.