Pretty people: we like them. We give them benefits. While it may seem ridiculous, it’s true, and it might be happening without you realizing it.

Studies have demonstrated many ways in which physically attractive people are treated better than the average person. For every inch of height a man has, he earns about $600 more for his annual salary. Attractive people are less likely to be caught lying; attorneys are always trying to put the most attractive people they can on the witness stand to sway the jury. Even when we’re babies, we tend to look at pretty faces for longer periods than, well, the not-so-pretty ones. This video pretty much sums up what attractive people can get away with.

So what makes a person attractive?  Some people will say it’s a person’s personality. Yes, this is true, but it’s not the whole picture. Whether or not we like to admit it, certain physical qualities can make a person more attractive. Here’s a quick look at some major things that make a person beautiful:

  1. Symmetry: Humans are bilaterally symmetrical. That is, we look the same on our right side as we do on our left, assuming we haven’t had surgery or a birth defect or whatever. however, minor differences do occur, and they happen fairly frequently. Maybe one eye is slightly larger than the other, one arm is a millimeter longer than the other, the person’s nose is slightly crooked… It’s hard for us to notice without paying very close attention, but our brains can quickly determine how symmetrical a person is. More symmetrical people are more attractive.
  2. Sexual Dimorphism: This beauty of a term just means that women and men have different physical characteristics. These differences are caused by genetics and hormones. many studies have found that more attractive people are the ones who display these sex-identifying characteristics to a larger degree. For women, larger breasts, a 70 percent waist-to-hip ratio, and long, slender legs are more attractive. For men, broader shoulders, muscular chests, and a 90 percent waist-to-hip ratio are more attractive.
    • Fun fact: The larger waists of women indicate a better ability to give birth while the smaller waists of men are essential for pelvic thrusting!
  3. Appearance of Health: In history, healthier people were more likely to survive to have kids. According to Charles Darwin, father of the theory of evolution, members of a species that are more likely to produce offspring are more attractive. It’s this crazy idea that we hope the human race continues on after us. Some ways in which people appear healthier are unblemished skin tones and lean muscles. When women cross their legs, the lower leg pushes on the calf of the one on top, making the muscle appear more toned.

Well, thanks again for reading! If you’re interested in physical attraction or are just curious to know more, leave a comment below, and I’ll respond. Like always, feel free to follow me on Twitter @IllusionofMatt or click that button on the right side of the home page to subscribe to my blog.

I hope you all live forever. – Matt