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If beauty is in the eye of the beholder then someone forgot to tell society. There are simply too many ways in which the results of an arbitrary genetic cocktail are able to provide an advantage to people. Beautiful people in Western Culture follow a general rule in order to receive their categorization: they have high, defined cheekbones, smooth and blemish-free skin, shiny hair (an indicator of health), symmetrical features (an indicator of a strong immune system), large eyes, and, for men, a strong jawline and tall, V-shaped frame.
According to Charles Feng, Human Biologist at Stanford University:
In society, attractive people tend to be more intelligent, better adjusted, and more popular. This is described as the halo effect – due to the perfection associated with angels. Research shows attractive people also have more occupational success and more dating experience than their unattractive counterparts.
This is stated to be due to several different reasons, one of which being the idea of “self-fulfilling prophecy” in which if one goes through life receiving positive feedback and being treated as though one is bound to be successful, intelligent and sociable (which is the general stereotype for beautiful people), one will have a better chance at success because one has been bolstered by everyone else. This is described as “The Halo Effect.”
This CNN article puts it harshest:
Studies show attractive students get more attention and higher evaluations from their teachers, good-looking patients get more personalized care from their doctors, and handsome criminals receive lighter sentences than less attractive convicts
And they called it the “Ugly Truth.” Hehe. Clever.
However, us average people’s woes have only just begun. Let us dig deeper into this issue:
1. ChildhoodBabies that are cute are thought to behave better, be more intelligent and elicit warmer responses than less attractive babies. According to this study carried out by Judith H. Langlois, children who behaved badly but were deemed “cuter” received less harsh criticism and punishment than the less attractive children. Furthermore the child’s level of attractiveness impacts upon their entire upbringing and acts to cumulatively build up or break down their personality. For less attractive children, interaction tends to be based upon preconceived stereotypes that aggravate whatever small and natural behavioural problem the child might have.
In short, just because someone weighs the same as a chicken does not mean they get off the hook. If you’re ugly, be prepared to face the consequences of offending people’s sight – it’s just plain rude.
According to the first dude we mentioned, Charles Feng, women in the Western world who are deemed attractive have babyish featured. In another study, baby-faced women were put up against more mature-faced women. They were made to deliver persuasive speeches and participants would judge who was more trustworthy. There were several variables that ought to have given everyone a fair chance at being deemed more or less trustworthy. However:
Babyfaced speakers induced more agreement with their position than did maturefaced speakers when trustworthiness was in question, presumably because babyfaced speakers still appeared honest due to their babyish facial features.
Therefore, pretty people win our trust. Right before they rip our hearts out with broken promises.
3. CareerMore than half of the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are above 6 feet tall, an abnormal ratio when compared with the rest of the population’s height difference. Height is an attractive physical attribute in males, hence you will always be getting some dude’s coffee, little guy. With each added inch of height, workers can gain $789 dollars per year. It is time to break out the platform boots from that costume party you went to when you were in college. Seems like you will still be needing those, bro.
In one study, it was found that female interviewers would give more attractive males higher paying positions over average-looking males or attractive females. This bias was less evident in males who assigned lower status jobs to everyone overall. Studies show that “plain people earn 5 percent to 10 percent less than people of average looks, who in turn earn 3 percent to 8 percent less than those deemed good-looking.” For those able to do the Math there, the outcome is probably quite disparate.
We write articles here, we don’t have time to calculate stuff and… — oh, leave us alone, okay, we can’t be good at everything!
In their report “Beauty, Productivity and Discrimination: Lawyers’, Looks and Lucre,” Hamermesh and Biddle found that the probability of a male attorney attaining early partnership directly correlates with how handsome he is.
If you are an overweight woman, it is probable that you will earn about 5% less than your toothpick office mates and are more likely to be unemployed.
There have been numerous studies that show how shallow us humans are:
One study in the 60′s paired up people at a dance. They found that the only determinant that predicted the degree of “liking” of their date and desire for subsequent dates was physical attractivness. Another study found a 0.89 correlation, another a 0.69 correlation. Perception of physical attractiveness was better correlated than “similar interests” or “character”.
-Berscheid, E., & Walster, E.
So now people’s faces are cock-blocking them. God, is there no hope?!
Everybody knows that less attractive people can’t keep up banter. However attractive people are hilarious and great conversationalists, eloquent and –
Shh, honey, shhh, just smile. In all seriousness though, being sociable has a great deal to do with confidence. Having always had positive feedback due to the “Halo Effect”, you then become more confident as an individual and communicate better. That is probably why you are CEO of a Fortune 500 company. However, upon reviewing a list of comedians, no one ever gets confused and begins thinking that they are flipping through GQ or People magazine. If being able to make people laugh for an hour is not a sign of good social skills, then what is?
In the end, beauty truly is only skin deep. Many attractive people come across as being too confident and are disliked for this. They can also elicit jealousy or be perceived as vacuous and incompetent. For goodness sake, this woman was tormented her whole life because she had enormous breasts! I would feel sorry for her if I wasn’t too busy hating her! Come on people, we might be wired a certain way but the best secret to success is truly confidence. Out of all of the studies, the one thing commonly emphasized was confidence. Most of the Fortune 500 guys and gals are average-looking. Maybe they clean up good but mostly they are just average joes in the looks department. Beautiful people may be better than us in every way possible, but we can all find solace in the fact that with confidence and determination we can still achieve as much or more than them. Furthermore, they will die earlier – fact.*