Dating more beautiful women
Be kind One of the best documented findings in psychology is the halo effect, a bias where you unconsciously take one aspect of somebody as a proxy for their overall character.It's why we think beautiful people are good at their jobs, even when they aren't necessarily.In one study, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley looked at the behavior of 60 heterosexual male and 60 heterosexual female users on an online dating site.While the majority of users were inclined to reach out to highly attractive people, they were most likely to get a response if that person was about as attractive as they were (as judged by independent raters)."If you go for someone roughly [equal] to you in attractiveness, it avoids two things,"Nottingham Trent University psychologist Mark Sergeant, who was not involved with the study, told The Independent.Participants rated the men pictured on several traits, including attractiveness.That women said the most attractive beard length was heavy stubble."Facial hair correlates not only with maturity and masculinity, but also with dominance and aggression," write authors Barnaby J. Brooks."An intermediate level of beardedness is most attractive," they add.
We're talking small tweaks, like acting nicer and swapping your deodorant.
Each face pictured was paired with a word that described either a positive personality trait — like kindness or honesty — or a negative personality trait, like being evil or mean.
Results showed that the people described with positive traits were rated more attractive."Even though beauty is an assessment of fitness value, there is no reason why assessment of fitness needs to be purely physical," Kaufman writes, meaning that acting kind can make you appear more attractive.
And a 2014 study from Cardiff Metropolitan University found that men pictured in a luxury apartment were rated more attractive than those in a control group.
Interestingly, men don't seem to be more attracted to women when they're pictured in a high-status context.