One of the perennial debates is whether looks make a bigger difference than, say, one’s personality. Star Trek debates as both sides try to convince the rest of the world that the other are shallow homonculi or people deluding themselves about their chances. It’s a generally accepted truth that people who are conventionally physically attractive have an advantage when it comes to dating.
Except, as it turns out, there’s actually an answer. Not only do visual signs of health – clear skin, facial symmetry, etc.
This held true even if a man's profile was filled with highly desirable personal qualities, such as being respectful, honest and trustworthy.
Both daughters and mothers rated the attractive and moderately attractive men as more desirable dating partners than unattractive men, said the findings, published online in March in the journal Evolutionary Psychological Science.
Whether attractive or unattractive, descriptives were randomly assigned to be either.