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Looks and the City: Attractiveness Matters in Urban Areas

A woman's level of attractiveness can impact her psychological well-being, but only if she lives in an urban area.

Using waist-to-hip ratio to determine a woman's attractiveness, a study published this month determined that a higher level of attractiveness helps women in urban areas stand out from the crowd and make better social connections. Conversely, people in rural areas do not use attractiveness when determining who to have social relationships with because relationships are less about choice and more about who already lives in the community. In other words, populations in rural areas are too small to allow competition over appearance, therefore, looks do not have a significant impact on a woman's relationships or happiness.

Do you find people living in cities to be more superficial?

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