Five o clock shadow look
You know it can be a pain to deal with, you know that some guys look better with it than others, you know you loved how cool it looked on the original Miami Vice, but what do you really know about the facial scruff that greets you each morning in the mirror?
That’s what we're here for, and it's why we're presenting the following five things you should know about stubble.
1- The Average Guy Spends 140 Days Removing Stubble In A LifetimeThe first thing men should know about stubble is just how much of their lives they will eventually devote to it.
According to one estimate (and let's face it, figures like these are loose estimates at best), the average man will spend over 3, 300 hours of his life in devotion to taming the stubble on his face. But considering author Charles Handy once estimated the average working stiff will spend 100, 000 hours of his life at the office, shaving just to look proper and professional suddenly seems like an activity that deserves more than the two minutes we sometimes give it each day.
2- "Five O'Clock Shadow" Was Originally A Reference To Tea TimeWe all know what the five o'clock shadow is, and many of us likely assume we know the source of the term — surely the end of the workday, right? Wrong.
The term was coined as part of an advertising slogan ("Goodbye, five o'clock shadow!") in the 1930s by the Gem Safety Razor Company, but the campaign was a play on the Victorian English tradition of drinking tea at 5:00 p.m., one that eventually jumped the pond and ingratiated itself into some pockets of American culture. Such were the rules of etiquette, that looking scruffy for tea time was considered coarse and uncivilized.
3- Women Prefer StubbleAnother thing men should know about stubble is that women like it — at least they like the look of it.
According to a widely cited study by psychologists at England's Northumbria University, women looking at photos of men’s faces in various phases of hair growth from none at all to full beards far and away preferred the look of some stubble. Researchers hypothesized that the reason for this is because stubble represents the best of both worlds in a man: evident masculinity without the reclusive mountain-man look.
The important thing to realize is the women formed their opinions after looking at photographs. Their answers weren't given after having kissed their unshaven significant others or the next morning as they looked for ways to conceal the resulting rashes on their chins.