Almost one in ten people are more turned on by intelligence than anything else.
A new study out of Western Australia found what while most people would like a partner who is smart – a small percentage say they mostly sexually aroused by intelligence.
“A lot of research had shown that ‘intelligent’ was a highly ranked characteristic in a partner, but I had my doubts that people preferred a very high level of intelligence in a partner,” explained Gilles Gignac, a senior lecturer at the University of Western Australia.
“Because much the previous research in the area had used rank measurement, it was impossible to tell what level of intelligence people, on average, preferred. A different type of study needed to be conducted to find out,” he told PsyPost.
The study investigated the term ‘sapiosexual,’ which is a person who finds high levels of intelligence the most sexually attractive characteristic of a person.
For their study, Gignac and his colleagues surveyed 383 adults regarding what traits they valued in a romantic partner and how attracted they were to people of varying intelligence levels.
“Intelligent” was the second most highly ranked trait, behind “kind and understanding.” The third and fourth most highly rated traits were “exciting personality” and “easygoing,” respectively.
The researchers also found that people rated those with a higher intelligence as more attractive. But this effect appeared to have a ceiling.
The study found people are most attracted to a person who is smarter than 90 per cent of the population, but someone who is too smart, eg. smarter than 99 per cent of the population are less attractive.
The study found around eight per cent of the population they to find intelligence attractive above everything else.