Importance of physical attractiveness in dating behavior

A new study supports the idea that super models flock together while individuals lacking the perfect face and body also stick together.

These theorems include constructs of nonverbal expression, perceived similarity, liking, information seeking, and intimacy, and their correlations to one another. 752 student participants were rated on physical attractiveness by four independent judges, as a measure of social desirability.Another recent study suggests that, in general, for both men and women physical attractiveness guides cupid's arrow.This research did not account for each individual's own looks. Research has shown that people have essentially universal standards of beauty, including large eyes, "baby face" features, symmetric faces, so-called average faces, and specific waist-hip ratios in men versus women.And when we make real-life dating and mating decisions, research indicates, physical appearance dominates: We choose to pursue relationships with those who are attractive to us (see Luo and Zhang, 2009; Kurzban and Weeden, 2005; Thao et al., 2010). Stereotype directionality and attractiveness stereotyping: Is beauty good or is ugly bad? doi:10.1521/soco.2006.24.2.187 Kurzban, R., & Weeden, J.

Men (both gay and straight) seem to consciously recognize the importance of physical attractiveness more than women (both straight and lesbian; see Lippa, 2007).

Furthermore, higher levels of attractiveness indicated lower levels of satisfaction with their pairing, even when they were on the same level.

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