Physical Attractiveness.

You have been taught to perceive beauty in everything. Let me tell you a bitter truth – beauty is not ubiquitous. And when I say beauty, I mean the first impression you get when you look at a person, which is only through their physical appearance.

Physically attractive people have it easy.  Aesthetics matter! Life is better if you are beautiful. People tend to think that more attractive people are also happier, outgoing, successful, kinder and have many other positive traits. Psychologists term this as physical attractiveness stereotype.

A simple example for this is Facebook profiles of pretty people with pretty profile pictures. Wouldn’t you feel more confident (online activities) if you had one like them? Now, for your next photo, wear a subtle pout through those pretty lips (only ladies please) and…*oh my!*

You see that was an example pertinent to your online presence. Your constant desire to put up a better profile picture to gain online attention, friends, followers and stalkers is commensurate to you trying to look pretty in your daily life. Added to that if you are even remotely smart, intelligent and don’t have the tendency to drive people away when you open your mouth to speak, you will be graded higher than your not-so-attractive counterpart.

So how is being attractive an unfair advantage? Let’s see…

  • You feel more confident while approaching someone, be it related to work or personal matters.
  • You feel dominant.
  • You are more sociable.
  • People will favor you more and give attention to what you have to say.
  • People find you more trustworthy.
  • People also find you smarter (at first glance).
  • You are more likely to have a partner.

Now to support my point, let’s see what some studies have to say to corroborate this fact. According to Business  Insider (8 Scientifically Proven Reasons Life Is Better If You’re Beautiful)

  • Beautiful people are viewed as healthier.
  • It’s easier for beautiful people to find mates.
  • Beautiful people are more intelligent.
  • Beautiful people are more persuasive.
  • Companies with good-looking executives have higher sales.
  • Beautiful people have an advantage in politics.
  • Beautiful people are perceived as more likable and trustworthy