Do you find yourself talking in a deeper voice when you’re
trying to make someone fancy you?
Apparently both men and women do this, thinking that by sounding more Jon Hamm or Scarlett Johansson, they’re more likely to become irresistible to the opposite sex.
Bad news ladies, the men are the only ones right on this occasion.
Scientific studies show that women prefer men with deep voices – something psychologists say is linked to higher testosterone. In other words, deep voices equal reproductive prowess (and likely to be the reason why a large army of women all over the world listen to Tom Hardy reading bedtime stories to kids).
When a young lawyer called Michelle found out that half the office was drooling over the new work experience kid, Barrack Obama, she looked him up on the intranet and couldn’t quite see why intelligent women were going crazy for the skinny dude with a goofy smile. Then she called him to introduce himself and That Voice answered the phone. And we all know what happened next.
But where women’s voices are concerned, the opposite is true. Forget Joanna Lumley, Mariella Frostrup and Lauren Bacall. It’s actually higher pitched voices (associated with higher oestrogen and therefore female reproductive health), that appeal most to men.