Tall, Dark and Bass?
A man's (fake) British accent has been driving the ladies wild in Dilbert's office this week. His pretentious accent is so attractive to all his comic strip co-workers that he even wins a job for which he's not really qualified.
But in real life, women aren't as likely to swoon for an accent as much as for another aspect of a man's voice: depth.
Sarah Evans, a graduate student in psychology at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England, found that women consider men with deep voices more attractive, dominant, masculine, sexy, assertive, confident and friendly.
Evans's study, released in March, found that other men also rated deep male voices over higher-pitched ones for traits such as confidence. All thanks to a little extra testosterone.
It's easy to see how those positive associations could work to a man's advantage on the job, leading to promotions and raises -- not to mention more dates.
Perhaps guys looking to get ahead at work should be thinking Barry White, not James Bond.
"Hey, baby, how's about you make me 20 copies of that report," he said with a low growl.
Hmmm. Maybe not.
-- Mary Ellen Slayter