(Desirability could incorporate non-physical attributes as well as good looks.) When the researchers looked at the ratings, they found that most students agreed on who was hot and who was not.Three months later, though, the researchers asked the same students to rate their classmates again.Because like the couples in the study that were equally attractive, they never know their matches before they start dating.The swipe-left, swipe-right dating app Tinder, for example, is known for making matches based on an internal attractiveness ranking it calculates for each of its users.This is the difference between dating in a context where people know each other (like the UT Austin students at the end of the semester) and where they don’t (at the start of the semester).In a dating market of strangers, they agree more on who is most datable, so they compete and settle.When people know each other, the situation is more win-win, because they develop their own preferences and disagree on who is most desirable.But the ultimate question is whether mixed attractiveness couples are any more or less happy.
Do acquaintances overlook physical appearance because they know each other’s personality and unique attributes?
Because if more and more people meet their future spouse on a first date, the mixed-attractiveness couple might just go extinct.
Working with two psychologists, Hunt looked at 167 couples who participated in a long-term study at Northwestern.
“People have different tastes.” In this case, the data is clear that men’s preferences are much more homogenous than women’s.
“There are women who 95% of men say yes to, and there’s nothing like that for men,” says Mc Leod.