A group of researchers in England studied the photos of about 100 couples and made a very scientific discovery: relationships do not fare well when the woman is better looking than the man. Oh yeah, it’s true. The “researchers” explain that since beautiful women may realize they can be choosey, they “might generally prefer short-term relationships [where] they’re better placed to move on.” The researchers also suggest that relationships between attractive women and less attractive men may not work out so well because, get this, the men are jealous of their partners’ looks. Yeah, I’m sure someone like, say, Christina Hendrick’s husband, who is arguably less attractive than his wife, spends his days moping about because he’s jealous of how hot she is.
But wait! The researchers have more explanations! They suggest that ugly women, knowing they have to basically make do with whatever they can get, will stay in relationships much longer than pretty women who know they’ve got options. Finally, the study also suggests that we tend to partner up with people whose facial features have a similar level of symmetry — a sign of attractiveness — to our own. To defend this idea, one of the researchers argues: “Are all men trying to go out with Anne Hathaway or Angelina Jolie, or do you really want to be with someone at the same level of attractiveness as yourself? These findings suggest our ideal partner is one on our own kind of level.” Yeah, I’m sure most men would totally kick Angelina out of bed for being too hot, while they chase the woman who looks the most like them. That’s how it always goes down in the bars, right? The poor pretty girl sits alone just dying for someone to pay attention to her, while the less attractive chicks are beating the guys away with sticks.
I’ve heard of really stupid studies, but this one pretty much takes the cake. [via Daily Mail]