Deep Throat Method of Detecting Cheaters

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bill hillary clinton If your man has a lower, deeper voice pitch, he's more likely to have more sexual partners ... and babies. That's what researchers who study the science of cheating say, at least.

On the surface, you probably think, "Well, yeah, a guy with a deeper voice is just sexier, seems more confident, etc." so it's possible he's got more game. (But not necessarily.) It's also possible he's more likely to be unfaithful. (Again, not necessarily.)

But the infidelity researchers say, "Yes, necessarily!" They had college students listen to recordings of male and female voices that were digitally raised and lowered. Women deemed men with the lowest-pitched voices most likely to cheat -- and the most attractive. The same held true for the guys who listened to high-pitched women's voices.

Well, I guess that's good! At least we're clued into it, right? It does seem like it's instinctual. Think about it. If a guy had a higher-pitched voice (even if it was just relative to another guy with a lower tone), would you be as attracted to him? No, because he'd sound like Justin Bieber versus George Clooney! And for most sane adult women -- sorry, 20- and 30+ ladies who still love the Biebs and other teen heartthrobs -- more mature and more masculine equals more desirable.

The researchers say that these sexier, manlier men get their pick of women, so that's why they're more likely to stray. And apparently, they're more easily forgiven for playing the field. Bleh.

David Feinberg, an assistant psychology professor and adviser on the study, explained:

If these people are more attractive, they're more likely to be in a relationship. Because of their hormones, they're more likely to be promiscuous. And because they're more attractive, their partners are more likely to let them get away with it.

Uh, reality check! Isn't that like saying ... just because a guy is more physically attractive, he's more likely to cheat? I guess he is more able to cheat. But I definitely don't think all attractive people are necessarily more unfaithful!

Another wonky aspect here: The researchers say that men with deeper voices have higher levels of testosterone and, therefore, a higher sex drive (which does make sense). But, then they assume the higher sex drive automatically means Mr. Sexy Voice going to cheat. Ehhhh ... not sure 'bout that. Higher sex drive might just mean he's more likely to want to have sex more frequently with his one-and-only woman, right?

Even more dubious is what they're saying about women -- that more estrogen equals a Betty Boop-ish voice and more sex drive/likelihood of cheating. But hrmm ... to my understanding, women who are too high in estrogen as opposed to testosterone (which, FYI, certain types of the pill bind up and steal away from us) end up with flagging libidos! I've never heard that a woman had a revved-up sex drive because she was estrogen dominant. Actually, it's usually true that a woman with slightly higher testosterone would be hotter to trot.

So, I'm not buying this research 100 percent.

Here's a real clue: If you're so worried that your partner is going to cheat that you have to analyze his or her voice to see if it's higher or lower or whatever, maybe what you really need to do is consider your trust issues. Then, use that voice to talk about it!

Do you think voice pitch is linked to promiscuity?

 

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Beths... Bethsunshine

My husband has a very deep voice and I'm not worried about him cheating. what a crock!!!

xavie... xavierlogan09

i don't believe this reseach either. my df has a deep voice. i know he won't cheat. 

nonmember avatar DBrian

I have the deepest voice ever, I do voice over work. My gf thought it was funny to forward this to me. Not funny. This is all very vague. Who does this "David" dude work for exactly? Can you at least give us the site that you ripped this off from so I see what organization did the study??? Women thrive on drama and they just want more reason to worry. FYI women with high pitched voices are annoying.I did my own study. A lot of research went into that. Blog it.

AuraO... AuraOosterveld

My DH has a very deep and sexy voice but I don't feel that he will cheat. For one thing, if his deep voice means that he has higher levels of testosterone equaling higher sexual needs, he covers for it quite well. I don't think I have a very high pitched voice either and I LOVE me some sex, lol. With my DH only, that is:)

nonmember avatar Getagirl

This is the first time I've heard of this, that you can tell if someone's a cheater through his/voice. But I do agree with the last paragraph that it's the trust issues. But maybe somehow there's some truth to the voice thing. Great blog!

nonmember avatar Tom Billings

People, please do not try to turn this into a discussion on anyone's conscious decision-making. We are speaking of an evolutionary branching, and that is determined by the statistics in numbers of grandchildren resulting, not in how much someone cheats. Those numbers affect urges, not conscious decisions, which can be weighted by a whole range of factors, including urges, which urges may be outweighed by those other factors.

How might this turn into biological responses? Simple! If a woman has male *children* with deeper voices, that attract other women, then *she* will gain in numbers of grandchildren, no matter if her mate is siring a hundred other children every year. This may *start* slowly in an environment where a high testosterone male has more children because of *his* urge to mate being stronger, combined with his willingness to drive off other males being stronger. That then can then set up women's patterns in response, and such behavior in males is far older than homo sapiens.

That is all evolution, including that of our unconscious urges operates on, grandchildren, not on our personal morality.

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