Studies have shown that unappealing friends make you seem attractive to others. Researchers claim that you don’t need clever pick-up lines. The art of seduction is very simple; all you have to do is to stand near an unattractive friend. Scientists argue that we tend to categorize people by comparing them to the people who accompany them. If the appearance of their friends seems to be dull, the person next to them will seem more appealing to you.
- People are judging your physical features by comparing you with persons from your proximity.
- Our society distorted the image of beauty.
Some researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London, had conducted a study in which they asked volunteers to grade different pictures looking for attractiveness. Firstly, the volunteers were asked to grade the pictures of people photographed alone and then they needed to analyze group pictures which included persons from the previous photos. When seeing a dull looking person near an unappealing friend, than the dull looking one was considered more attractive. It’s all about perspective. That is why scientists declared that appealing or unappealing company could determine the way others look at you.
This study proves that you can boost your confidence, gaining more self-esteem, when being in the company of some unappealing friends. When someone meets a group of friends, they will immediately focus on splitting the people from the group into two categories: attractive and unattractive, comparing them to one another. Good looking characters underline the plain features of their friends and the other way around. This is tricky.
Nicholas Furl, the conductor of the study, claimed that this society’s view of beauty is distorted. We are all aware of the fact that the first thing we do is to analyze the physical appearance. Some seem to think that a person with more make-up is a beautiful one. A woman who doesn’t ware make-up, dressed in decent clothes is considered dull. A skinny person is more beautiful than a person with a few extra pounds. Isn’t this alarming? Although we know the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” we have also been aware that beauty is a relative notion.
Another popular idea is that people see you exactly as you see yourself, meaning that beauty is measured considering everybody’s self-love. How would you judge people: analyzing their physical features or getting to know what is hidden beneath the surface?
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