Wikipedia/montage - Illustration of typical beautiful people: Hollywood stars Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello.

 

Research shows that very beautiful people tend to get fewer dates on online dating web sites. The reason is that most people with ordinary looks tend to reject people with very attractive appearance when they study their uploaded images.

It's the online dating site OK Cupid that have disclosed that people who post the most beautiful profile pictures, are less likely to receive dates than people with more down-to-Earth looks.

This seem to correlate to a scientific study, reviewed by social psychologists at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which demonstrated that people move out of the way when extremely attractive women walk through public space.

"Attractiveness can convey more power over visible space, but that in turn can make others feel they can’t approach that person," said Dr. Tonya Frevert, who studies the different ways that extreme physical beauty is received in social situations.

Reaction to beauty is considered to be a mixture of biology and our society's interpretation of that biology. It is the social status given to very attractive people that makes the rest of us too nervous to approach them.

Beautiful people are considered to be "out of our league," but that league's charter is socially constructed. According to theoretical physicist and popular science author Dr. Michio Kaku, this behaviour to reject beautiful people doesn't seem consistent with the evolutionary context of beauty.

"What we want is healthy mates. Beauty, for example, is a way in which we have of judging the health of another person"...

Source: Bigthink.com

 


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