It's one of the perennial mysteries of life in New York City. Big shot young Wall Streeters find themselves shelling out for bottle service at the latest lounge or night club of the moment hoping to attract women, while guys who do things like "web design" or advertising seem to scoop up the girls effortlessly. It turns out that this is not just some sort of "grass is always greener" banker dystopian fantasy. It's scientifically true.
Here's the bad news from the BBC:
High-flying men are not as attractive to women looking for love as those with an average job, scientists say.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the University of Central Lancashire research found the 186 female students asked preferred good-looking men.
But within that group, those without top careers were deemed most suitable, the Personality and Individual Differences journal reported.
The team said women seemed to feel high-flyers would not be good fathers.
We suggest that females see physically attractive, high status males as being more likely to pursue a mating strategy rather than a parenting strategy
Simon Chu, lead researcher
Lead researcher Simon Chu said the high-earning career men were deemed to be "too good to be true".
"Under particular circumstances, high socio-economic status in males can be subtly counter-productive in terms of attractiveness as a long-term partner.
"We suggest that females see physically attractive, high status males as being more likely to pursue a mating strategy rather than a parenting strategy.
Translation: you might be a BSD, but the women don't trust you to help them out with the kids and have already figured out you're going to cheat on them .
Why women fall for 'Mr Average' [BBC]