'Masculine Men' More Likely to Cheat, According to New Study

Many women may prefer men with deeper, more masculine voices, but they may not like what comes along with those sexy, bass tones. At least that's what findings suggest from Southwest University in Chongqing, China, which shows that men with deeper voices are more likely to cheat on their significant others.

The study was conducted on 116 men and 145 women with an average age of 20, so it's important to remember we're dealing with a very small sample.

Men were divided up according to their so-called "masculine" or "feminine" qualities, including the deepness of their voices. (In this instance, men with higher-pitched voices were considered more feminine.) Voice pitch was measured for each group as they were asked a variety of questions about monogamy and commitment. Everyone—men from masculine and feminine groups, as well as the female group used in the study—was also asked how likely they were to cheat when in a relationship.

Orson Welles, deep-voiced actor, was married three times. Screenshot from YouTube

"Our finds demonstrated that masculine men are more likely to engage in infidelity and commit less to their romantic relationships compared with feminine men," the researchers, led by Jing Zhang, said in the results published in the Personality and Individual Differences journal.

The study found no such correlation in regards to the pitch of women's voices and their likelihood of being unfaithful to their partners.

The researchers pointed toward elevated levels testosterone as a factor for the deeper voiced men's straying habits. Testosterone is said to make voices deeper, which is said to be both a quality more women find attractive and also what increases heightened sexuality in men.

In the study, the academics wrote: "Testosterone and the characteristics dependent on testosterone can be reliable indicators of quality-dependent conditions or behaviors...therefore, men with higher testosterone levels, and hence lower voices, may have more infidelity behaviors or less commitment to their romantic relationship."

Zhang and the other researchers also theorized that men with masculine voices are often associated with being in better long-term physical health and being in position of more social dominance, and thus are also likely to be seen as better mates. This is all from an evolutionary standpoint, of course, where such characteristics are seen as valuable assets to women, even if on a purely subconscious level.

These same characteristics then can also often lead to increased access to more women—and thus more opportunities to cheat.

The paper concluded: "Furthermore, from the point of view of evolutionary psychology, men with masculine voices may enhance their status among other men or their attractiveness to women... thereby increasing their chances of obtaining more or higher-quality partners."