How To Know Who To Trust: Go For The Baby-Faced Dudes

So, this is pretty random. A recent study found that guys with baby faces are seen as more trust-worthy than guys with more… manly faces? I don’t know. But apparently if people are wondering how to know who to trust, they’re most likely going to go for the dude with a baby face.

A small study in the Czech Republic discovered this by having people look at a group of 40 men and 40 women and rating them based on their levels of trustworthiness, as well as a few other factors. The majority of people rated guys with baby faces as being more trustworthy, but the same didn’t hold true for women. This was a small study concentrated in only one part of the world, so let’s take it with a grain of salt, but I still think this is pretty interesting.

What exactly is a baby face? This article from the Huffington Post describes it as “bigger mouths, broader chins, bigger noses and more prominent eyebrows.” Hm. That’s kind of a lot to look for in someone, but I guess our brains register this information without us even realizing it. The baby faced guys who were seen as more trustworthy in this study also had a more cheerful face, which makes a lot of sense to me. If you’re trying to decide who you can trust, you’re probably going to go for the dude with a smile on his face rather than the one who looks angry at the world.

Does this mean you should always trust guys with baby faces? Um, probably not. This study didn’t find that men with baby faces are more trust-worthy, just that they seem more trust-worthy. Technically, baby faced dudes could kind of start using this to their advantage, but I’m going to trust that they won’t stoop so low.

After taking all of this in, I only have one question: is Ryan Gosling’s face considered a baby face? What about Zac Efron? Because, I don’t know, I just have always felt like I could maybe really trust those guys. You know? I’m not even kidding here, I’m being really serious. I’m curious! I’m definitely going to have to start paying attention to facial features on guys I deem worthy of my trust. Anyone else?

What do you think about this study? Do you think it’s ridiculous or interesting? What makes you see someone as trustworthy? Tell us in the comments. 


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  • DD

    Harry Styles.

  • LittleRedWolfGirl

    Psychologically, it makes sense. Who wouldn’t trust a baby? Our brains subconsciously register those things and we don’t even realize it. Definitely take it with a grain of salt, though, because I once knew a guy who had a total baby face and was anything BUT trustworthy. (I do think he used it to his advantage).