"By exerting dominance they're trying to signal to a potential mate, 'I am able to do things, I have a space in this hierarchy, I have access to resources.'" Vacharkulksemsuk says that “power postures” convey a sense of dominance, which many people find attractive, as well as a willingness to share resources with others.
For the second experiment with the unnamed dating app, heterosexual volunteers set up two profiles with contrasting types of photos to measure the different types of reactions.
For both men and women, having expansive posture was found to be beneficial and garnered an increase in “likes,” although the effect was greater for the males in the study — 87 percent of the positive responses for male volunteers were in response to an “open” posed photograph rather than a “closed” one.
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On the other hand, an anthropology expert from the University of Notre Dame, Agustín Fuentes, thinks that the results could show a more general social preference for openness rather than simply suggesting that an open pose is seen as more attractive.