Manspreading your fellow train passengers out of their seats is downright rude. But manspreading in your Tinder pic? Downright smart.
As it turns out, “expansive” postures (legs spread, arms open) are more attractive to the opposite sex—especially women—than “contractive” poses (legs crossed, arms folded) and get more interest on dating sites, two UC Berkeley experiments have shown.
In one, speed daters watched videos of potential matches in various postures and voted yes or no to a meeting. In the other, online daters each posted two profiles, one with a pic of closed posture and one an open pose. In all cases, the open posture won—possibly because it signals openness and dominance, says study co-author Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk.