HOT OR NOT?
It’s only skin deep
The next time you are getting ready to go out, and you are slipping into your favourite black number before moisturising your T-zone (yes, modern men, admit it), consider how your fashion choices reflect your desire to fit in. The clothes you wear and the style of your hair are usually chosen to be ‘average’ or ‘normal’, and rarely to truly stand out. But being desirable only goes so far. Research confirms that it is friendship, shared interests and clear communication that form a close, lasting relationship. So there really is no reason to envy the ‘beautiful people’ or the rich and famous. I mean, who would really want to look boring anyway?
Psychology experiments about preferences for faces and voices Science News – Has a great little summary on the determinants of facial attractiveness (aimed at Kids – so it’s quick and easy to read) Beauty Check – An excellent site that covers all the science behind different aspects of beauty
Averageness or symmetry: Which is more important for facial attractiveness? Do facial averageness and symmetry signal health? The evolutionary psychology of physical attractiveness: Sexual selection and human morphology. “Out of My League”: A RealWorld Test of the Matching Hypothesis. Does attractiveness buy happiness? “It depends on where you’re from.”