The University of Cincinnati conducted a study on how looks relate to health. Researchers followed 15,000 American men and women from the age of 10 till they were 24 to 35 (now that's dedication). They tracked both their physical and mental health. The connection between attractiveness and better health was and remains astounding. The best-looking candidates were least likely to be troubled with ADHD, depression, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma and tinnitus. These findings were published in the Journal of Evolution & Human Behavior.
Date coming up? Science says to start focusing on the material things you'll bring with you, like your sunglasses, what perfume you'll wear and whether or not you're planning on shaving the day of.
Recently, a younger woman expressed to me the idea of the 'invisible woman.' She said it was already starting to happen to her; that her 'grand entrances' weren't causing the same kind of splash. The truth is, youth — no matter what it looks like — is perceived as beautiful...especially to men. When you stop turning heads, it hurts so intensely that you try to fight the inevitable. But having lived through it all and survived to tell the tale, I can assure you: it won't feel this way forever. Here's why.
Researchers have devoted a ton of time and resources to discovering something I've known my whole adult life: week-old scruff is hot. Here's their reasoning.
I hate rules. I hate telling women to follow them. I like offering mindful 'dos' and 'don'ts' that women can use as guidelines to make sure they are on track with acting like one half of a considerate, respectful, loving, and caring whole. Rules, on the other hand, seem stifling and repressing to a woman’s individuality. I think, however, that the following rule is very empowering and actually helps relieve women of stifling insecurities and releases repressed sexual urges. So I will allow myself to suggest it. Here it is:
According to the matching hypothesis, each of us walks around with an idea of how socially desirable we are, and we tend to look for partners who are similar to us in desirability. The idea is that if we pursue someone similar to us, we have a better chance at a good outcome. However, according to recent research, the matching hypothesis may not be entirely supported.
It's no secret that an attractive picture can boost the success of your online dating profile. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words and so users more often than not will post the pictures they look best in. But are our best pictures just overstating ourselves? According to Marina Adshade, Economics professor and "Dollars and Sex" blogger, they are.
The Anthony Weiner scandal might be generating headlines, but plenty of readers are complaining that his sleazy behavior doesn't constitute daily news coverage. Of course he acted like a slimeball, he's a politician, they grumble. Fair enough, but Huffington Post writer Vicki Larson has a different idea: Anthony Weiner strayed because he's too handsome for marriage, and science says that hotties are not to be trusted with monogamy.
Having a bad day? Turn that frown upside down...unless you're a man in search of a girlfriend. According to new research from the University of British Columbia, women are more sexually attracted to brooding men than to smiling ones. Conversely, male subjects found cheerful-looking women more sexually attractive than women who display confidence and pride.
This question has been on my mind for quite some time, and I’ve recently asked several men, “What is sexy?” This is sort of like asking, “What is delicious?” or “What is quality?” It is all a matter of personal taste and there is no right or wrong answer. How does a woman exude sexiness to a man? Does she need the physical attributes of a supermodel? Should she wear suggestive or revealing attire? Or perhaps an attractive face with luscious lips and perfect teeth? A particular hairstyle?
So, you know, I have a boyfriend now. It's pretty awesome. I'm psyched. I'm happy. I must be radiating blissfully coupled up vibes into the stratosphere because in the last two days, three dudes with whom I have had serious romantic feelings for, hooked up with and/or dated have come out of the woodwork after a lengthy absence and have tried to bark up my tree. It's like Cupid's Evil Cousin whispered in their ears, "Amelia is happy, fulfilled, and no longer interested in dating or DTF—don't you suddenly want to give her a shout?"
Good-looking daters actually expect free meals?! Well... yeah. Pretty much, says a new study. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, researchers from the University of St. Andrews placed 245 men and 171 women in hypothetical dating scenarios. First, the subjects were asked to judge their own attractiveness—how pretty or handsome they imagined themselves to be. Then, the participants were shown 12 photos of potential dates, some beautiful and some unattractive, and were asked to decide who they would rather have pick up the tab if they went for dinner. Most subjects were totally fine with splitting the check, as 47 percent of men and 50 percent of women said they would prefer such a situation. However, of the men and women who thought themselves attractive, a trend emerged: they were more likely to want their dates to foot the bills instead of chipping in.
Some people look like their dogs, but even stranger? People who look like their significant others. It's one of those things you sometimes don't notice at first, until you do and then it's all you can think about. Well, turns out, those lookalike couples might be on to something: the secret to relationship success.
With the new year in full swing, it's time to buckle down and get ready for Valentine's Day, whether you're spending it on a date or out with friends. YourTango Experts tell us how to cast off mental and physical weight in time for V Day.
Ladies, if you were recently broken up with, congratulations: you just got more attractive. New findings published by the University of Michigan say that men prefer women who were dumped by their last boyfriends, while women prefer men who initiated their last breakup. To study how past relationships affected future efforts, researchers gauged the responses of 198 heterosexual participants to fake online dating ads. Participants were asked to rate the ads based on shallow information, and then upon learning how that person's last relationship ended. Researchers also asked subjects to note whether they wanted a long-term relationship with the person, or whether they just wanted sex. For men, the woman's relationship history mattered only when he wanted a serious relationship with her. When it came to trysts, he didn't care who did the dumping as long as she were willing to move on with him.
Should you stick to singles who are as attractive as you for dating success? Some dating websites think so. A couple who met on an ugly person's dating site recently got married. We wonder: are ugly and beautiful dating sites a good or bad idea?