Guys Are Actually Turned Off By Smart Girls

Guys Don't Actually Like Smart Girls

I’m told fables about men who are interested in smart and successful women — they’re stories I’ve been fed by the media, by rom coms, and even by men themselves. However, most evidence in my life has pointed to the contrary, as some of the dumbest fucking girls I’ve ever met can’t sit down, because they have a set of balls in their back pockets, and some of the smartest are all alone.

It’s not that I think any dudes are out there like “oh, bitch likes to read? No thanks, nerd!” It’s just that a good tit top will do more than in depth conversation about singularity ever has, which after a careful two-second evaluation of all the events in my love life that have gotten me to where I am right now, is likely my downfall.


And now, ~exciting~ new research confirms that I’m not just a desperate, bitter, single girl making excuses for her depressing love life while simultaneously complimenting herself (I mean, I am that girl, I’m just not only that girl). Men — wait for it — actually don’t like smart girls! Neat!

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Buffalo, and California Lutheran University conducted a study published in the Personality and Social Bulletin on 105 different heterosexual male test subjects. In one study, they were given tests and told “a woman either outperformed or underperformed them in a math or English course, and then instructed…to imagine this woman as a romantic partner.” And the guys were like, “girl, what that brain do?” Everyone was much more interested, so they thought, in the smart girl than the dumb girl, when this girl was just a hypothetical humanoid with a hypothetical vagina.

But guess what happened in a second test, when they met this imaginary smart girl in real life! Men who were told the woman outperformed them all basically told the smart girl “die alone, surrounded by a bunch of books, you ugly hag.” They were more likely to rate the smart woman as unattractive, and distance themselves from her, and less likely to get her number or plan a date.

And so, we’re left to include that men like telling people they like smart girls, but they don’t actually like real, live, smart girls IRL. It’s so weird, because all of the sapiosexual porn based on accomplished women of intellect, shouting ten-dollar words as they bang guys over their doctoral degrees really suggested otherwise.

[via NY Mag]

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Veronica (@VeronicaRuckh) is a writer, editor and content manager for Grandex, Inc. After having spent her undergraduate years drinking $4 double LITs on a patio and drunk texting away potential suitors, she managed to graduate with an impressive GPA and an unimpressive engagement ring -- so unimpressive, in fact, some might say it's not there at all. Veronica has recently switched from vodka to wine on weekdays.

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