Brace yourselves for this one, ladies. If you鈥檙e currently working on your PhD or that soon-to-be award-winning novel and wondering why quantum physics is a thousand times easier than nailing down a date, there might just be a scientific reason for your dilemma. But to be totally honest, it鈥檚 somewhat 鈥 nay, entirely 鈥 infuriating. According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the Warsaw School of Economics, men are attracted to ladies who are smart鈥 but only up to a very certain point.

Smart and confident.

In an attempt to discover exactly how men and women select partners, researchers analyzed data from the Columbia University speed-dating experiment, in which over 500 students participated. In the experiment, both the men and women were asked to rank their matches on a 10-point scale based on both attractiveness and intelligence, respectively.

When it came to what matters most to women, lead researcher Adam Karbowski found that attractiveness plays an important role (because obviously it does). But if a potential mate has a genius-level brain (say a 10/10) he only needs to come in at a five on the beauty scale for you to be 75 percent likely to go out with him. In other words, unattractiveness is relative to a high level of intelligence for ladies. However, this is not exactly the case for men.

Karbowski found that for men, there is a peak level of intelligence women can reach before it begins to become unattractive. What is it exactly? A seven out of 10. And weirdly enough, if you鈥檙e the most beautiful woman in the world it still wouldn鈥檛 up your chances if you鈥檙e a genius. Psychology Today writes, 鈥淎t every level of attractiveness, the optimum level of intelligence is somewhere around seven out of 10.鈥

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Sadly, the reason for this depressing finding will probably come as a bit of a 鈥渄uh.鈥 Psychology Today cites a paper published in late 2015 that writes, 鈥淢en may be less attracted to women who outperform them and this could be due to momentary shifts in their self-evaluations.鈥 Basically, your above average intelligence threatens men鈥檚 delicate egos.

So what the F are we supposed to do with this total buzzkill of information? Play dumb? NEVER. Our vote: It鈥檚 frustrating, but hold out for the dude who will actually value you for your smarts 鈥 even if it鈥檚 above a seven on Karbowski鈥檚 scale. Because a make-out sesh with a dude who thinks you鈥檙e super hot could be fun as a one-time thing, but not really a buildable base for a serious, balanced relationship. Keep calm and smart on, all you brainy babes.

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