Look Hotter by Standing With a Group
According to a new study, people look better when standing in groups rather than alone, especially those deemed 'average.'
According to a new study, and quite comically considering 'selfies' are all the rage as of late, people look better in groups than they do alone. It is said that flaws are 'averaged out,' and that average is attractive.
This doesn't only ring true for photos, but for going out, as well. Hang with a crowd, and you'll come off as more attractive than if you're the loner in the corner.
This is all hysterically based on a theory known as "The Cheerleader Effect," originally brought to the attention of the world via the television show, 'How I Met Your Mother.'
Real researchers at the University of California [of course; who else would waste their time studying this than the wonderful yet superficial state of California] thoroughly tested out the theory. The results, sadly, went so far as to be published in the Psychological Science journal.
This is the type of study we care about. Take a moment to let that sink in. This time, space, and research could have been used to research the cure of an illness or deadly disease, but no, we instead wish to know how to appear more attractive to onlookers. Oh society.
The results, though, do reveal that simply surrounding yourself with other people is an automatic boost of attractiveness for all involved. Win-win situation, no? And it has nothing to do with your vibe, but entirely your appearance.
And with more startling facts, lead scientist Drew Walker went on to explain, "Average faces are more attractive, likely due to the averaging out of unattractive idiosyncrasies." He continued, "Beautiful people are all alike, but every unattractive person is unattractive in their own way."
So, it's attractive to be unattractive? Is that what this means?
You would think society might have it together by now with what it deems 'pretty' or 'handsome' for those who think this matters. From stick-thin frames to curvaceous beauties; from lanky men to muscle madness. From long locks to pixie cuts, dark hair to highlights... bright red lipstick to a more 'au naturale' aura, it seems to be the ever-changing phenomenon that everybody cares about more than anything: How do I look good enough to where other people will be attracted to me?
Why not care less about this and become comfortable in our own selves-- our own uniqueness. One takeaway from this is that, yes, perfection is boring. What fun is flawless? Everyone's unique; everyone has imperfections. Embrace them.
Does this mean we now have to be 'ugly' to attract others? No way. Will hanging out in a crowd versus alone make you more appealing? Well, doesn't that already go without saying? But hey, if you're that loner-- some social butterfly will pull you into the party, so don't go trying to change yourself because of this ridiculous study.