When I first grew one in 1964, people tended to look askance at me. Fortunately, lack of self-confidence has never been one of my shortcomings.
A baffling headline. I can't imagine that 75% of men have had what I'd consider facial hair. (Sideburns that creep down between barbershop visits don't count.) I did have beards a couple of times in my twenties. Growing one now would increase my confidence of spousal disapproval, but not affect my confidence otherwise.
I am lucky. My wife likes me bearded. I also find it difficult to believe that 775 percent of men are bearded.