Moral Outrage Is Attractive Among Long-Term Relationship Seekers

If you’re trying to find a long-term partner you might want to get morally outraged about something.

University of Arkansas researchers found that people who displayed moral outrage were considered more benevolent and trustworthy than a control person not displaying outrage, and therefore more likely to possess other prosocial behaviors that would benefit a long-term relationship. But, in order to be more attractive to the opposite sex, the outraged person had to address the moral wrong in question and not just talk about it.

The data shows that both sexes view moral outrage as desirable for a long-term mate, but women were much more attracted to men with the trait, possibly due to the prosocial attitudes of trustworthiness and benevolence it conveyed that could be seen as more valuable to women.