Phys­i­cal looks not a pri­or­ity in dat­ing

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Looks are not ev­ery­thing when it comes to love. The per­cep­tion of beauty in a ro­man­tic part­ner changes with time as in­di­vid­u­als get to know one another bet­ter be­fore they start dat­ing, says a new study.

Part­ners who be­come ro­man­ti­cally in­volved soon af­ter meet­ing tend to be sim­i­lar in phys­i­cal at­trac­tive­ness than part­ners who get to­gether af­ter know­ing each other for a while. “Hav­ing more time to get ac­quainted may al­low other fac­tors, such as another per­son’s com­pat­i­bil­ity as a re­la­tion­ship part­ner, to make that per­son ap­peal­ing in ways other than the phys­i­cal at­trac­tive­ness,” said lead re­searcher Lucy Hunt from the Univer­sity of Texas at Austin. “Another per­son might ac­tu­ally be­come more at­trac­tive in the eyes of the be­holder by the virtue of other fac­tors,” Hunt said.

The re­searchers looked at data col­lected from 167 cou­ples — 67 dat­ing and 100 mar­ried. The cou­ples had been to­gether for as few as three months and as long as 53 years, with an av­er­age re­la­tion­ship length of eight years and eight months. The re­sults re­vealed that the longer the ro­man­tic part­ners had known each other be­fore dat­ing, the less likely they were to be matched on at­trac­tive­ness.

The re­search ap­peared in the jour­nal Psy­cho­log­i­cal Science.

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