NEW STUDY FINDS THAT, CON­TRARY TO POP­U­LAR BE­LIEF, UGLY PEO­PLE EARN A LOT

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Beau­ti­ful peo­ple have it easy: there are plenty of stud­ies that show be­ing good-look­ing is good for one’s health (men­tal and phys­i­cal), makes it eas­ier to find friends and se­cure great jobs. In short, they earn a lot more than the av­er­age ci­ti­zen. A re­cent study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Busi­ness and

Psy­chol­ogy has de­bunked that myth. Data col­lected from 20,000 Amer­i­cans from the age of 16 un­til they were 29 has found that there is no “ug­li­ness penalty” on wages. As long as the per­son is con­sci­en­tious, ex­tro­verted and less neu­rotic, earn­ing ca­pac­ity is ap­par­ently sig­nif­i­cantly higher. Ac­cord­ing to the study, par­tic­i­pants la­belled as ‘very unattrac­tive’ earned much more than those la­belled just ‘unattrac­tive’, or those con­sid­ered av­er­age look­ing or even at­trac­tive. It has been sug­gested that at­trac­tive peo­ple are more open to ex­pe­ri­ences, re­sult­ing in dis­trac­tions that could lead to lower pay.

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