Ever had a sneaking suspicion that you might be better looking than your other half? Then watch out. Your relationship could be doomed to fail, according to a new study
We’ve all heard the saying behind every great man is a great woman but if you’re more attractive than your other half, you may not stay together for too much longer according to a new study.
The results reported that if a woman was more attractive than her partner, the relationship tended to last only a matter of months, but that having a more handsome boyfriend or husband was no barrier to a couple’s success.
‘Beautiful women may realise they can afford to pick and choose,’ says researcher Dr Rob Burriss in the journal Personality and Social Psychology. ‘They may also have the confidence to leave behind relationships that have run their course. It is also possible the relationships end due to jealous behaviour from the woman’s less photogenic partner.’
Conversely, less attractive women, ‘may have to make do with what they have, hence the longer relationships’, Dr Burriss added.’
Researchers from Stirling, Chester and Liverpool universities studied whether we pair up with people who are of similar levels of attractiveness.
They took photos of men and women in over a 100 couples. Some had been together for a short period of time, others for several years – the men and women were then rated on their looks.
The study also found that we pair up with people whose facial features have a similar level of symmetry – a sign of beauty – to our own.
This may explain why Angelina Jolie’s marriage to actors Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller failed in contrast with her six-year relationship with Brad Pitt – one of the world’s most handsome celebrities.
Dr Burriss said: ‘These findings suggest our ideal partner is one on our own kind of level.’
What do you think? Is a relationship’s strength based on looks? Do you think that a relationship is more likely to last if you partner is the same level of attractiveness?
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