Ever wonder if growing facial hair has a purpose beyond making it easier to play “Spot the Hipster” at trendy urban coffee houses? Apparently it does.
While modern may might grow a beard to intimidate opposing batters, prehistoric men grew beards to keep warm, intimidate enemies and protect their faces from punches. Plus, ancient civilizations saw beards as a sign of honor, and women today — while admitting they find bearded men to be 67% as attractive as clean shaven men — consider guys with full facial hair to be more respected, powerful and of higher status.
But not all see hirsute men in a positive way. According to research gathered by Online PhD, beards can predict whether you’re a badass or board room material, and can have people seeing you as less generous, caring and cheerful… and older. Another reason to fear the beard? Possibly.