New Study Says Physically Attractive People Are Less Lucky In Love
BY MARIANNA MANSON
Average looking people, rejoice!
Next time you find yourself stalking the Instagram feed of your ex’s insanely gorgeous new girlfriend, it would do you good to remember that looks aren’t everything.
And though we’ve spent years convincing ourselves of this every time a ‘I’m not thin/pretty/stylish enough to attract a boyfriend’ thought battles its way to the front of our minds, now there is actual bonafide science, as reported by Broadly, which says that the super-hot elite actually don’t have the best love-lives.
More specifically, the study, by social psychologists at Harvard University, says that physically attractive people are likely to struggle maintaining long-term relationships for a variety of reasons.
For starters, good-lookers who have grown up with the world as their oyster (previous studies have shown that they earn more money and perform better in school, too) are conditioned to believe the trope that they “can have anyone they want” – so even if that isn’t strictly true, good-looking people are likely to report lower relationship satisfaction and a ‘grass is always greener’ mentality.
Director of the study, Christine Ma-Kellams, told Broadly: “Attractiveness gives you more options in terms of relationship alternatives, which might make it harder to protect a relationship from outside threats. In this sense, having too many other choices is likely not beneficial for relationship longevity.”