The hotter your spouse, the hotter you seem
Do you feel you aint hot enough? Try hanging out with someone much hotter. According to this new research, dating someone who is hotter makes you more alluring; making potential mates find you more and more appealing.
This is also true for the ‘animal farm’. Apparently, animals tend to imitate the choice of others when it comes to matters of attraction. Much as female guppies preferred brightly colored males, they will still mate with dowdy ones if they see other females mating with them.
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Below are some conclusions drawn from the study in the case of humans:
Scientists had 30 male and 30 female volunteers who all described themselves as straight rate how attractive they found photos of 36 men and 36 women. The volunteers were then shown 144 pictures of men and women paired together and asked how desirable they would find long-term relationships with members of the opposite sex in the pictures.
Both male and female volunteers rated people in the pictures as more desirable when they were paired next to attractive companions, the scientists found. By using cameras to track eye movements during the experiments, the researchers also saw that when volunteers spent more time looking at a potential mate's unattractive partner, they were less interested in that mate.
Despite the fact that they were only asked to evaluate the hotness of potential mates, the study group seemed to focus more on their partners instead. This however was more true for women than men. Men found hot women appealing regardless of the appearance of their mates. On the other hand, most women showed skepticism in hot men who were paired with less appealing mates.
Does the hotness of a potential mate’s companion affect your ability to access his or her attractiveness? If yes, is it a case of ‘hmm… if he/she finds him/her hot, then she/he must be’ or what?
Well, if you are single and all this is true, better find yourself a hot wing man or woman ;-)
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