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Study finds men who rate themselves a ‘seven’ are a ‘five’, tops

Consider it official. Thanks to the findings of a recent study, those men rate themselves a ‘decent seven’ a barely a ‘five’.


According to a recent study, most men who rate themselves as a 7 are actually a 5 or lower on a 1-10 scale.

The test group for this study was made up of 300 men across the US. We included any man who had ever said out loud or on social media that he was a 7. For the sake of the study, we excluded data from men who only believed that they were a 7 in certain locations (a New York City 7 but a San Francisco 8, for example, or an Arkansas 7 but an LA 1). To obtain the results, we asked a diverse group of judges to rate the self-proclaimed sevens, and the conclusions were shocking. Only 4% of these men were actually sevens, and 22% were sixes. This means a whopping 74% were fives, or lower. Actually, there was one man who said he was a 7 but was actually an 8, although we had to exclude him from the study because he was an outlier statistic. We did also ask if he was single, and sadly, he was not.

This study has startling ramifications for men. Going forward, any man who gets up at a stand-up comedy open mic and tells the audience that he’s a 7 must face the reality that he’s probably only a 5, at best. He might need to look inward and ask himself if he should really be talking about his appearance on stage, or even doing stand up comedy at all. Any man on a dating app who describes himself as a 7 needs to be aware that the women looking at his pictures will probably disagree and also be put off by the phrase “I’m a 7, so I’m only seeking an 8 or higher.” Men worldwide who think of themselves this way need to be careful.

Further results of the study conclude that the majority of men who rate themselves sevens internally believe that they’re nines. This result was obtained by prodding the subjects one-on-one until they admitted that “yeah, whatever, I just take way better care of myself than most guys”, and “yeah, so what, just because society says it’s ‘too much’ hair gel doesn’t mean I don’t look awesome.”

The authors of the study tried to generalise their results to women, but they were unable to for obvious reasons.


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