The ability to spin a good yarn is a respected talent that goes back as far as Chaucer, when men gathered in taverns to hear drunken tales bellowed over mead (or something). Fastfoward to the queue at the bar in England 2016, and you'll still hear stories being loudly shared for the approval of friends.
But apart from earning the respect of your squad, does the ability to tell stories well also make you more attractive to the opposite sex? A recent study by North Carolina University says yes.
Researchers asked 388 undergraduates to rate the attractiveness of a potential partner of the opposite sex based upon basic printed information. Participants received a photograph and a short biography of potential partner with information on their storytelling abilities, for example that they "often tells really good stories…he makes the characters and settings come alive."
Other conditions emphasised the averageness of the person's storytelling or did not mention it at all. Interestingly stronger female storytellers did not tempt male participants, but women were more interested in talented male story-tellers as long-term partners.
Sound fairly obvious? The researchers ran a further experiment, adding in the question of whether you would find the would-be partner a good spouse. They found that both sexes gave good storytellers a higher status but men didn't equate this with finding women more attractive. Conversely for female raters, the storytelling ability was a deciding factor in desirability as a long-term partner or spouse.
Researchers concluded that women have traditionally sought out mates with a high storytelling ability as it "reflects advantages that prehistorically meant the difference between life and death."
So why aren't men won over by anecdotes whilst chatting shit on Tinder? The study put this down to the fact men are socialised to be suspicious of women who take space and focus considering it a threat to their storytelling status.
It might all sound a bit caveman, but maybe start practicing just in case.