Oct 26, 2015 03:31 PM EDT
New research suggests a direct correlation between facial hair and fighting, cheating and stealing, Elite Daily reported.
Research commissioned by the new video social networking app eva suggests that men with beards or longer facial hair are more likely to have been in a fight, have cheated on their partner and to have stolen something.
"In my photography career, I've certainly noticed that attitudes are shifting in regards to long beards and moustaches. Fashion changes so quickly, the beard trend is one that comes in every decade or so, but we might be seeing the end of current beard cycle," Jens Wikholm, co-founder of eva and multi-award winning fashion photographer, said in a statement. "We commissioned this research to drive awareness of what the general population thinks of the humble beard, and the survey yielded fantastic insight into people's opinions on this quite divisive topic!"
According to Details, researchers surveyed about 2,000 Brits. Of the respondents, 45 percent of men with a goatee admitted to being in brawls, compared to 29 percent of "peace-loving clean shaven men," researchers said.
In regard to cheating on their respective other, long mustachioed men were the worst culprits with 47 percent admitting to being unfaithful, compared to 20 percent of clean-shaven men. Finally, 40 percent of men surveyed with a goatee admitted to having stolen something, compared to just 17 percent of their clean-shaven counterparts.
Contrary to popular belief, the majority of women don't think a beard is a good look for a man.
Researchers found that nearly half of the women surveyed cited their least favorite thing about big beards is the fact that they are unhygienic, closely followed by 39 percent of women fearing errant food stuck in the facial hair. More than a third of women said they would prefer a man to have grey hair rather than a big bushy beard.
"It definitely seems that women seem to prefer the clean shaven look and fashion will respond to that. Times change and trends shift, so men who want to stay on the bleeding edge of popular fashion might want to think twice before they let their facial hair get too long," Wikholm said.
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