Fake News: New Scientific Study Did NOT Show 95% Of Men Who Wear Skinny Jeans Are Attracted To Men

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: New Scientific Study Did NOT Show 95% Of Men Who Wear Skinny Jeans Are Attracted To Men

Did a study by "Dr. Felipe Maybals" show that 95% of men who wear skinny jeans are attracted to men? No, that's not true: the doctor and the study don't exist, the whole thing was made up by a "fauxtire" website as a joke. It is not real.

The story originated from an article published by HMedia on October 18, 2018 titled "New Scientific Study Shows 95% Of Men Who Wear Skinny Jeans Are Attracted To Men" (archived here) which opened:

San Francisco, CA - A new study lead by Dr. Felipe Maybals shows 95% of men who wear skinny jeans find other men who wear skinny jeans attractive.

The study, led by Dr. Felipe Maybals from the Department of Psychology at the University of San Francisco, involved 400 men who were tested in numerous ways one which included showing them images of other men wearing skinny jeans. 380 of the men either smiled and said things like "those are cute jeans" when shown images of other men wearing skinny jeans.

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail so they might have confused it with a real lifestyle article (if they didn't catch the pun in the good doctor's name):

New Scientific Study Shows 95% Of Men Who Wear Skinny Jeans Are Attracted To Men

San Francisco, CA - A new study lead by Dr. Felipe Maybals shows 95% of men who wear skinny jeans find other men who wear skinny jeans attractive. The study, led by Dr. Felipe Maybals from the Department of Psychology at the University of San Francisco, involved 400 men who were tested in numerous ways one ...

But as you can see for yourself here the faculty and staff page of the Psychology Department at San Francisco State University does not list his name.

The exact same story already appeared on Huzlers.com in 2015:

New Study Shows 95% Of Men Who Wear Skinny Jeans Find Other Men Attractive

San Francisco, CA - A new study lead by Dr. Felipe Maybals shows 95% of men who wear skinny jeans find other men who wear skinny jeans attractive. The study, led by Dr. Felipe Maybals from the Department of Psychology at the University of San Francisco, involved 400 men who were tested in numerous ways one ...

Huzlersmedia is a sister site of "fauxtire" website Huzlers.com, using the same adverstising tags and being promoted through the same Facebook pages. It carries a disclaimer at the bottom of the page which reads:

Huzlers Media is a satrical blog and user submitted video entertainment site that will have you coming back for more. From the people to the people.

So you probably shouldn't believe anything on the page...

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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