If You Were Hot In High School, Your Love Life Might Suffer
Sure, I guess if I were given the option, I'd prefer to be considered super, super hot than, well, not hot.
Time and history have shown that, over and over again, attractive people tend to have the upper hand in many aspects of life, especially in areas like their professional careers and their social popularity.
So of course, it can definitely seem like there are no downsides to being smokin' hot — only awesome perks and opportunities.
However, a new study has revealed there is one important area of the human experience where being an aesthetically pleasing specimen isn't really all it's cracked up to be.
Apparently, people who are considered super attractive tend to have shittier, more volatile love lives. And that, dear readers, is what we call the circle of life.
A study published in Personal Relationships has discovered that, while attractive individuals definitely don't suffer a shortage in the number of relationships and dates they have, the actual quality of their relationships tends to be lackluster.
Social psychologist Christine Ma-Kellams explained the findings, saying,
Attractiveness gives you more options in terms of relationship alternatives, which might make it harder to protect a relationship from outside threats. In this sense, having too many other choices is likely not beneficial for relationship longevity
In short, this means more beauty, more problems.
Because hotties have more options when it comes to potential suitors (you know, since everyone is so attracted to them), they are less likely to stay in a relationship.
To prove this, researchers asked study participants to review old yearbook photos and rate their past classmates based on how hot they were in high school. They were then asked to rate well-known actors based on their appearances as well.
From there, researchers looked at how many of the people the participants rated were divorced or involved in rocky marriages.
And it turns out, the more attractive the individual was rated, the more breakups or divorces that person experienced. Oof.
All of this supports the golden rule we learn during our awkward years with acne and braces that it's what on the inside that counts.
And also... treat others how you would like to be treated, never judge a book by its cover, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, never mix Mentos with soda, etc.
Citations: Beautiful people are more prone to breakups, according to science (HelloGiggles), Attractiveness and relationship longevity: Beauty is not what it is cracked up to be (Personal Relationships)