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Does Beauty Matter?


beauty and attractionWhen it comes to beauty, most people would say it’s what’s on the inside that counts. However, research has not proven this to be true. Studies show that one of the things that people consider when they are sizing up prospective mates is physical beauty. 

Research has demonstrated that physically attractive people get more social benefits. They get free food, favors and relaxed rules. Even babies want to be around more attractive people. Psychological research shows that, when presented with an attractive and an unattractive face, newborn babies spend more time gazing at the attractive face. Therefore, it safe to say that physical attractiveness is one factor in whom we like. 

There actually is a psychological theory about physical attractiveness called the matching hypothesis. This theory states that people consider their own level of attractiveness when they pick romantic partners. In other words, attractive people expect to date attractive people, and less attractive people expect to date less attractive people. 

Researchers have actually tested this hypothesis to see if it holds up in real life. Interestingly enough, 2008 research found that only attractive people place a lot of weight on attractiveness when judging a mate. Less attractive people don't put as much weight on attractiveness.

As much as we like to think that we are making deep romantic decisions about things like personality, intelligence and humor, the bottom like is that it's what on the outside that counts too!

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