A friend of mine was recently taken aback when he noticed hair on my chest. 'How can my wife stand it?' he asked.

I shaved my entire body for swim races in high school. Since then, besides my head and face, I've been au' naturale

Why was I talking to a half naked friend? Well, we were doing laps in the Fort Collins Club pool, so he noticed the lack of 'manscaped' real estate on my body. I, on the other hand, noticed that his skin looked like a pig's at the slaughterhouse right after they run the blowtorch over it-pink and hairless.

Still, I could see little follicles waiting to poke their way out. 'Don't you have to just shave all the time then?' He looked at me like I didn't get it. 'Yeah, but it's worth it.'

Is it? Is it really worth it?

ABC News quoted some figures from Sex Roles that found some numbers for us.

A 2005 study published in the journal Sex Roles found that 63.6 percent of 118 men at the University of South Florida said they trimmed or removed body hair to be hygenic and attractive.

I was surprised by the suggestion because we are in granola Colorado. Usually nature is embraced, even celebrated in my social and fitness circles. If it were one of my Guido buddies from back east I wouldn't be as shocked.

I consulted the wife. It wasn't like she was turned on by my body hair, but she didn't seem to think I should start shaving my whole body. Even when I read between the lines of what she said, I didn't have the impression that she wanted me to shave or wax anything besides my face...What do you think?