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There are a lot of demeaning things that men can be called, but the one phrase that no dude wants to be labeled as is creepy, as it pretty much means that, universally, you're weird, maybe a little psycho, neurotic and, well, any other negative connotation one can think of.
But because women, unfortunately, know a few creepy guys, a new study published in New Ideas in Psychology distinguished which behaviors and occupations ladies find to be the all-time creepiest. You may just want to pay attention to the top-10 in each category, fellas.
- Staring at you before interacting with you.
- He keeps touching you.
- He makes everything about sex.
- He asks to take a picture of, not with, you.
- He asks questions that are too personal.
- His hair is greasy.
- He fails to make eye contact.
- He's too old.
- Showed too much emotion.
- He shows little to no facial expressions.
- Sex Shop Owner
- Funeral Director
- Taxi Driver
- Garbage Collector
And falling right after guard, just out of the top-10 creepiest professions, according to the research? A writer. That's certainly an individual win for me.
The survey was conducted online and included a total of 1,341 participants (1,029 females and 312 male, all between the ages of 18 to 77, with a mean of 28 years old). So, yeah, it wasn't exactly a small sample size.
To see the full results of the research, head on over to Science Direct, where you'll really find out how creepy you come of as being.