Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Why Beautiful Women Marry Less Attractive Men

An article from yahoo discussing the question that many single men with jealous eyes would ask their other single friends : how and why the ugly guy got that hot girl? Pretty good theory, and a good read too. Just don't believe every word of it.

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Women seeking a lifelong mate might do well to choose the guy a notch below them in the looks category. New research reveals couples in which the wife is better looking than her husband are more positive and supportive than other match-ups.

The reason, researchers suspect, is that men place great value on beauty, whereas women are more interested in having a supportive husband.

Researchers admit that looks are subjective, but studies show there are some universal standards, including large eyes, "baby face" features, symmetric faces, so-called average faces, and specific waist-hip ratios in men versus women.

Past research has shown that individuals with comparable stunning looks are attracted to each other and once they hook up they report greater relationship satisfaction. These studies, however, are mainly based on new couples, showing that absolute beauty is important in the earliest stages of couple-hood, said lead researcher James McNulty of the University of Tennessee. But the role of physical attractiveness in well-established partnerships, such as marriage, is somewhat of a mystery.

The new study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Family Psychology, reveals looks continue to matter beyond that initial attraction, though in a different way.

Supportive spouses

McNulty's team assessed 82 couples who had married within the previous six months and had been together for nearly three years prior to tying the knot. Participants were on average in their early to mid-20s.

Researchers videotaped as each spouse discussed with their partner a personal problem for 10 minutes. The tapes were analyzed for whether partners were supportive of spouses' issues, which included goals to eat healthier, to land a new job and to exercise more often.

"A negative husband would've said, 'This is your problem, you deal with it,'" McNulty said, "versus 'Hey, I'm here for you; what do you want me to do?; how can I help you?'"

A group of trained "coders" rated the facial attractiveness of each spouse on a scale from 1 to 10, with the perfect 10 representing the ultimate babe. About a third of the couples had a more attractive wife, a third a more attractive husband and the remaining partners showed matching looks.

Trophy wives

Overall, wives and husbands behaved more positively when the woman was better looking.

The finding "seems very reasonable," said Dan Ariely, a professor of behavioral economics at MIT's Program in Media Arts and Sciences and Sloan School of Management. "Men are very sensitive to women's attractiveness. Women seem to be sensitive to men's height and salary," said Ariely, who was not involved in the recent study.

In couples with more attractive husbands, both partners were less supportive of one another. McNulty suggests wives mirror, in some ways, the level of support they get from husbands.

"The husband who's less physically attractive than his wife is getting something more than maybe he can expect to get," McNulty told LiveScience. "He's getting something better than he's providing at that level. So he's going to work hard to maintain that relationship."

Men who are more attractive than their partners would theoretically have access to partners who are more attractive than their current spouses, McNulty said. The "grass could be greener" mentality could make these men less satisfied and less committed to maintain the marriage.

Physical attractiveness of husbands is not as important to women, the researchers suggest. Rather, wives are looking for supportive husbands, they say.

So it seems the mismatch in looks is actually a perfect match. "Equitable is unlikely to mean the same on every dimension," Ariely said during a telephone interview. "It just means that overall two people make sense together."

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So to all those hot women rated 10, don't go for those pretty boys, choose me!

11 comments:

  1. qwertprincess12:28 PM

    you don't think you're a pretty boy yourself?

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  2. do you think you're a princess?

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  3. Anonymous9:43 PM

    hahaha...
    the beauty lies in the eyes of beholder, lah!!

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  4. "beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder"

    if i'm trying to write something that has something to do with the post, i'd say " beauty lies in our biological need to survive and replicate".

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  5. Anonymous4:26 PM

    what d ya mean by the 'biological need to survive and replicate?' cuz i jez dun get it...

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  6. "biological need to survive and replicate"

    i suggest you read books about human evolution and the selective process, and the connection between the attraction to certain physical attributes to the selective process of the human evolution.

    i recommend reading "Why Men Don't Listen & Women Can't Read Maps", because the book is damn funny while being informative.

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  7. pelanggan tetap2:04 AM

    you're a pretty boy yourself!

    well, more like "angry pretty boy".

    ;p

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  8. Anonymous1:42 AM

    you're adorable! if you haven't already, i'm sure you'll find a cutiepie mate. so for your sake, i hope this article isn't true. good luck!

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  9. adorable? wow thanks, that's something new.

    i hope you're a female; a normal girl. wanna know why?

    it's because there is this one time that a stranger told me that i'm good looking, attractive and all; only to be traumatized by the compliments because the person who was telling me this was a gay afrikaan 'tough' guy who also tells me that he has a nicely built body and a charming personality who wants a partner that could look past the rugged, manly body and see through his sensitive feelings.

    i'm scared. really scared. i think he is still stalking me through the internet.

    i really hope you're a girl.

    b'coz that would be really nice!

    ;)

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  10. Anonymous6:33 PM

    "i really hope you're a girl'
    this statement really makes me laugh!!! hahahaha..
    nway ur blog really makes my gloomy+boring day much brighter!

    p/s: i'm not the "adorable anonymous girl"

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  11. i'm so pleased to know that i have contributed to make someone's day a little bit brighter!

    have a nice day!

    ;)

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