Importance of physical attractiveness in dating behavior
Physical attractiveness may be so important to us because we associate other positive qualities with a pleasing appearance. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 190-195. For example, attractive individuals are expected to be happier and to have more rewarding life experiences than unattractive individuals (Dion et al., 1972; Griffin and Langlois, 2006).
Men (both gay and straight) seem to consciously recognize the importance of physical attractiveness more than women (both straight and lesbian; see Lippa, 2007).
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