According To Science, Women Go Crazy For Musicians Because of Nature

October 18, 2018

Ever wonder why girls shriek at ear-bleeding levels when a dreamy musician picks up his guitar at a concert? It's because of these two words: Music Evolution.

Charles Darwin once hypothesized that music was created for the sole reason of charming the opposite sex. According to a study conducted at the University of Sussex, he may be correct.

Lead by Benjamin D. Charlton, the study found that a male's musical ability determined how attractive females would perceive him. According to Charlton, women that were at the peak of their menstrual cycles (where they are most fertile) found musicians that wrote and performed complex musical compositions more attractive than those with simpler compositions.

1,465 women listened to four different classical piano compositions varying in complexity. The simplest song only had two major chords and was played without any syncopation, and the most complex song had seven major chords and had frequent use of syncopation. The women were then split into groups based on where they currently were in their menstrual cycles. After listening to all four songs, the women would declare which musician they would consider sleeping with.

Women that were not at the peak of their menstrual cycle showed no preference over any of the artists. But the women that were between six and fourteen days through their cycles overwhelmingly chose the composer with the most complex composition to be the most attractive.

A similar study found that during live concerts, not only do women prefer to sit closer to the stage than men, but they also perfer to sit closest to the musician they deem as the most skilled. The same study showed that a male's musicial ability reflected their testosterone levels, meaning they would come off as healther, more athletic, and had a higher sperm count than the less-talented men. In other words: it's no surprise that many rock stars are also talented baby-making machines.

It should be noted that Charlton's study only applied to women seeking short-term sexual relationships. When the same study asked which composer the women considered having as a long-time partner, the women at their menstrual cycle's peak showed to preference.

In the end, musical talent is a good indicator for women to find a potential mate, but is not a reliable predictor for a male musician's ability to support a long-term relationship.