Do looks really matter in life? Do good-looking people have an advantage in everyday life and society? These are two questions that many people are afraid to answer honestly, even though deep inside most of us know the answer: Looks do matter. Our appearance is in many ways our main market value when it comes to human attraction and relationships and despite sounding like a cliché, good looks will in most cases open doors that would otherwise remain closed. In a few cases, good looks could become a disadvantage, but these exceptions just reinforce the rule.
In a highly superficial and competitive society that worships and values good looks as pointed to in film and TV, the fashion industry, and numerous beauty pageants where beauty is pretty much the only criterion to advancement, being attractive is definitely a gift from nature. But you might be wondering: How have so many average-looking people made it to the top in their fields, when in some of these areas looks are particularly important? Well, hopefully the list of 25 Captivating Facts About Human Attraction and Natural Beauty below will help you see that looks might be of value but aren’t everything.
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Men are more attracted to women whose bone structure is similar to that of their mother’s. Researchers call this “sexual imprinting,” which means that faces we find attractive as adults are usually the ones we were used to seeing when we were children.
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People may look more attractive when someone is drunk because the drunk person is less likely to notice the asymmetry of a face.
Women perceive men with beards as having “the biological and social qualities that would enhance their value as husbands” and also consider them “more potent and more active, suggesting virility as well as physical attractiveness.”
Source: Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined, Image: https://pixabay.com/en/man-beard-eyes-handsome-madel-657869/
According to most online dating sites, it seems that women are most concerned with a potential partner’s height, while men are more concerned with their potential date’s weight.
Humans usually agree on who is and isn’t attractive, regardless of race, ethnicity, and culture. Researchers have noticed that attraction is not merely in the eye of the beholder, but that there are universal standards of attractiveness.
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Researchers have discovered that women prefer masculine-looking men when they are ovulating, but at other times they seek men with softer features because they consider them kinder in terms of social behavior.
Source: Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined, http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/03/hormones.aspx, Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machismo#/media/File:Tattoo_withchild.jpg
To the ancient Hebrews and Christians, physical beauty was a reward from God and ugliness was a punishment. In fact, physical attraction is mentioned a number of times in the Bible. For example, in 2 Samuel 14:25, it says, “Now in all Israel there was no one who was praised as much as Absalom for his good looks.”
Source: A Journey Through the Old Testament, Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_language#/media/File:Aleppo_Codex_Joshua_1_1.jpg
Believe it or not, but becoming attractive has become a profitable industry in most of the West, with $200 billion spent annually globally. This “industry” includes weight-loss programs, cosmetics, skin and hair care, perfumes and cosmetic surgery, among other products.
Women are usually more attracted to older men than they are to younger ones. Researchers explain that this is because men are capable of fathering children for nearly their entire adult lives, and older men typically have more resources.
Source: Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined, Image: Wikipedia
In most cultures, males find younger females more attractive than older ones, mainly because women are able to reproduce for only a limited time.
Source: Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined, Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calista_Flockhart#/media/File:Harrison_Ford_and_Calista_Flockhart_at_the_2009_Deauville_American_Film_Festival-04.jpg
Dr. David Buss, an evolutionary psychologist, recorded mating preferences for more than ten thousand people from thirty-seven countries and cultures and concluded that a woman’s looks was at the top or near the top of every man’s list.
Source: The Evolution Of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating, Image: http://liberalarts.utexas.edu/psychology/faculty/profile.php?id=bussdm
In order to become more beautiful or to maintain their beauty during the Middle Ages, wealthy and noble females would swallow arsenic or dab bat’s blood on their skin to improve their complexion.
Source: The beauty business: Pots of promise, Image: https://pixabay.com/en/bottle-medical-pharmacy-1503898/
Aristotle was one of the first people who realized and recorded the importance of human attraction; he noted that “personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.”
Men with more masculine characteristics are linked to having higher testosterone levels, being more aggressive, and having higher-than-average divorce rates.
Source: Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined, https://dima.stefantsov.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/urovni-testosterona-chto-vliyaet-na-testosteron.pdf, Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tonyshek/6929604553
Regardless of how many sexual partners someone has been with, the more attractive a new sexual partner is, the less likely a person will be interested in using protection during sex.
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