When you look around in gay bars and clubs, it appears that almost every guy over 24 has a beard.
But is there a scientific reason why gay guys are attracted to the scruff?
In a survey of 1,577 men and women from Brazil and the Czech Republic, gay men had stronger preferences for men with more facial hair.
‘Homosexual men preferred hairier stimuli than heterosexual women, supporting past findings that homosexual men have strong preferences for masculine traits,’ the study said.
Published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, it found gay men often preferred their partners to have ‘thicker facial hair’ than their real partners had.
The authors noted while many people do not end up with their ‘ideal’ beard, they are happy to compromise.
Similar findings also found in a study that showed women pictures of men with varying degrees of facial hair, their sex appeal changed.
It found men with clean shaven and those with unkempt full beard were the less sexually attractive, while the sexiest men were those sporting heavy stubble, followed by short stubble.
When it came to choosing a long-term partner, the more facial hair the better.
But if you’re all patchy or can’t grow more than a few whiskers, have no fear.
The first study also found gay men were most sexually attracted to men with identical facial hair to their own.
And also, these findings also showed these results may change in the future.
‘When beardedness becomes too common, it is less attractive than when it is rare,’ Dr Barnaby Dixson at the University of Queensland wrote.
‘This may explain why fashions and trends in beardedness fluctuate over time.’