Studies Lead to 5 Conclusions About Physical AttractivenessWe’re animals. Still. Attraction is an instinct. While it’s versatile to some extend, key aspects of perceived attractiveness seem to be inherent to our species. Logically, traits of attractiveness differ between women and men. Both, in physical form and in inner qualities. A few are surprisingly similar though. The following 5 traits of physical attractiveness have been pointed out by science.
In an online survey, the scientists found that 37 percent of the men wanted to date only women shorter than they are. In contrast, more than half of the women — 55 percent — wanted to date only men taller than they are.
Sidenote: A study from the 1990s determined that taller men and women also earn more money than their smaller or “average” peers. This study also found that attractive people earn more, a 15% increase.
The experiment went as follows: 218 female and male participants were presented with photos of various leg lengths. The pictures had been altered in a way that the models appeared comparable in overall height. To focus on leg length only. It showed that people with short legs performed worse in both sexes. The most attractive turned out to be the people whose legs were 5% longer than “average”.
In various studies worldwide, it has also been established that a driving factor for attractiveness is the condition of the face & skin. Both in men and women, even skin is perceived as a health factor on the one hand and as a sign of youthfulness and “flawlessness” on the other.
In contrast, it appears that the color of the skin is not a primary factor of determining attractiveness. The cultural stigma of skin color does play a role in the psychology of attraction, however.
To determine the waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), the circumference of the waist is divided by that of the hip. For example, a 39-inch hip and a 28-inch waist amount to 0.72 which is considered an ideal ratio for women in terms of attractiveness.
But this WHR isn’t only used to explain physical beauty, in various research projects, it’s also used to associate weight — specifically overweight and obesity — with diseases like type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. WHR is directly correlated to an increased risk of developing both diseases.
For example, a woman with thick and full lips is considered very attractive, whereas a man with the same traits is not. A man with a striking chin and jawline on the other hand is perceived as attractive, a woman with these features is not, or much less.
Rather than focusing on the biologically based elements of attractiveness — that we can’t change in most cases — it’s important to improve the ones we have control over. Qualities like kindness, confidence, humor, determination, fitness, nutrition choices, and self-care. As C.M. Waggoner wrote in “Unnatural Magic”:
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