Do all the people you dated look eerily similar to each other? There's a reason for that, according to new research.
A study conducted out of Wellesley College surveyed 35,000 participants about whom they found attractive.
The study found about 50 percent of the time we can all agree which women and men are attractive based on our love of facial symmetry, but the other half of the time whom we deem attractive is very specific to each of us.
The researchers went so far as to survey 547 pairs of identical twins. They assumed, since the twins were almost genetically identical and grew up in the same environments, they would find the same men and women attractive.
But even the twins had different ideas about what was attractive.
So, what's going on?
More research needs to be done before any real conclusions can be reached, but the researchers have a hunch the different ratings of attractiveness have something to do with individual experiences.
In other words, chances are you'll be more attracted to people with whom you have positive associations.
And according to another study, we tend to end up with our "type" or "ideal romantic partner."
So the next time your friends tell you you're too picky, let them know it's not you. It's science.
Citations: Yes, You Really Do Have a 'Type,' Science Says (TIME), Do People Really End Up Dating Their 'Types'? (New York)