Importance of physical attractiveness in dating behavior
So even though the “science behind love” doesn’t show that attractiveness is a quality that predicts and sustains happy, long-term relationships, why do some people use that criteria so soon in the evaluating process?Though this approach can work for some, if it hasn’t been particularly effective in the past, why continue to immediately evaluate your soul mate in this way?If you’re carrying around some extra pounds and don’t think it’s right to be judged negatively because of that, are you evaluating others as you want to be evaluated or making the same sort of judgments?Now, in no way do I believe that a couple can’t be happy together and have a successful relationship when one partner is quite a bit more attractive than the other.I’ve given this some thought, and come up with a few theories: 1. If someone believes they’re several levels of attractiveness higher than they actually are, they feel they’re just as attractive as the people they’re seeking. So regardless of its ultimate effectiveness, they will continue to only consider as potential partners people who are much more attractive than they.That last theory may seem a bit far fetched, but I really think there may be something to it. Do you highly value your partner’s level of attractiveness or not, and why?Does this mean you won’t consider someone because they aren’t “good looking” or have a physical quality you don’t find attractive, even though you could be similarly discounted by others?
“One clear message from the research is that people ages 18-25 put substantially more importance on good looks than other age groups, and this is particularly important to young men,” said Dr. “As men enter their thirtys, they start to put relatively less importance on appearance (and) consider it less essential.
In two national datasets, we found that gender was by far the strongest predictor of what people want in a long-term mate: it was more important than age, income, education, or confidence in appearance.” Yet age also played a major factor in the research, which surveyed over 28,000 people.
Older people – both men and women – had weaker preferences across the board. Frederick points out, it’s more than likely that traits like being attractive and having a great job transition into the idea of companionship the older you get.
The idiom “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” has been used by everyone from Shakespeare to Benjamin Franklin, but what happens if you survey thousands of ‘beholders’ to try and get down to the bottom of what specifically beauty really means?
That’s exactly what Crean College of Health and Behavioral Science’s David Frederick, Ph.