New research indicates that most people want to date a good-looking person, even if they say looks don't matter that much.
Unconsciously, everyone wants to date a hottie
"People will readily tell you what they value in a romantic partner,"
study researcher Eli Finkel, of Northwestern University, said in a
statement. "But study after study shows that those preferences don't
predict whom daters are actually attracted to
when they meet flesh-and-blood partners. Now we can get under the hood
with this quirky methodology to see what people actually prefer in
It all hearkens back to mate choices and fertility. Good-looking should mean good genes, and that's what our unconscious selves REALLY want, a mate that will produce hearty and healthy offspring. And all the indicators of fecundity and fertility rate high on the attractiveness scale.
Something like this, considering it from the male perspective:
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