EDGE Rewind: Size Does Matter, According to New Study of Penis Size

Sunday February 26, 2023
Originally published on September 22, 2022

EDGE Rewind: Size Does Matter, According to New Study of Penis Size
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A report from the journal Sexuality & Culture studied to evaluate how men's personalities are perceived by viewing a photo of penises of varying sizes. Writing in the journal, the team, led by Thomas R. Brooks, said that "dating app users are likely to experience a high frequency of viewing the sexually explicit material of potential partners prior to a physical meeting."

The study " aimed to investigate what information is inferred from a picture of a penis at zero-acquaintance," according to the team. The research was prompted by social media hook-up sites in which individuals share their penis photos, sometimes without a face pic. What does that pic say about the person?

"While most research has prioritised the face pictures and biographies of potential partners, the present findings take a step forward to investigate how pictures of penises may contribute to the holistic perception of the person within digital spaces," the researchers said.

The team enlisted 106 participants (80 per cent women) for the study, who were shown photos of 24 penises that varied in girth, length, and the amount of pubic hair. From there, the participants were asked 11 questions that determined the personality traits for each individual.

What the researchers found was "men with big penises and trimmed pubic hair are seen as more attractive, extroverted, and open to new experiences, while those with smaller members are seen as more neurotic," reports the Daily Mail.

They concluded that size did imply certain personality traits without reason. "This research demonstrates that genital appearance may contribute to socially shared implicit theories about people, regardless if these impressions reflect the true personality of the person being assessed," the researchers wrote in their study.

"The results demonstrate the function of impression formation within the digital sexual landscape with regard to sexually explicit material," the report notes.

Among the conclusions, the Daily Mail reports, are that in terms of length, short penises were associated with more neuroticism, while men with long penises were seen as more attractive, more sexually active, better in bed, more extroverted, more conscientious, and more open to new experiences.

When it came to girth, men with narrow penises were seen as more neurotic. In contrast, those with wide penises were perceived to be more sexually active, better in bed, more extroverted, more open to new experiences, more of a pleaser, and to have had more sexual partners.

Trimmed pubic hair also scored high."'Penises with trimmed pubic hair were perceived to be more prototypical and attractive," the researchers wrote.