Bad boys

June 19, 2008

Well, this isn’t exactly a shock:

The bad boys get more girls. You always suspected it was true and now a psychological study backs it up.

Research done by Peter Jonason at New Mexico State University says it’s all to do with the “dark triad” – a trio of otherwise negative characteristics combining the narcissist’s sense of entitlement, the non-clinical psychopath’s high impulsivity and thrill-seeking nature, and the manipulative skills of Machiavellianism.

At high levels, they’ll make a person a social pariah, but a certain amount of each will result in a highly active sex life, says the study.

It goes on to say that, while the girls look to these bad boys for short-term thrills, they realize they aren’t good for long-term commitments. So then they come looking for, well, people like us (I know who reads this blog). Yeah, go ahead, get all that fun out of your system, then settle down and get ready for the long, boring haul. Glad to be of service.


4 Responses to “Bad boys”

  1. Doug Says:

    I’m picturing giving my son advice about why he should be one of the good guys:

    “Yes, son, it’s true that the girls will go to the bad guys for the wild, thrill-filled sex. But just you be patient and she’ll come to you for a steady paycheck and help with child rearing.”

    I’ll have to work on my pitch, because that’s not very persuasive.

  2. Bob G. Says:

    Well, Doug…I’ve heard “better” pitches, such as:

    “Because I’m your father…and I SAY SO.”

    That always worked well with me.



  3. Chris Hedges Says:

    I’ve also noticed — I wonder if anyone has done a study — that a lot of the wild guys also end up with daughters when they finally settle down. They find themselves constantly fearing what their daughters might be doing when they don’t come home on time.

  4. Harl Delos Says:

    But just you be patient and she’ll come to you for a steady paycheck and help with child rearing.

    It didn’t say they gave up sex with those bad boys at that point, though. And if your son seeks a divorce for that, the ex gets to keep his paycheck and his kids.

    Yes, it’s not a very persuasive pitch, but I don’t being a good guy is something your kid chooses – he’s born with it, same as his blue eyes, his blonde hair, and his six foot height. If he ends up a good guy, it’s because it’s in his genes.

    Instead, tell him to wait until he’s in his 30s. You DID notice, didn’t you, that this was a survey of college students? By the time they’re in their 30s, single women seem to think that a single guy who bathes regularly, who holds down a job (even a minimum wage job), and who shows them some respect, would be welcome in their bed.

    All things considered, it’s better to be a good guy.

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