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Relationship Threatened When Woman Is More Attractive

Have You Ever Been Considered the More Attractive Partner?

Admit it or not, most of us have come across a couple and thought, "Hm, I wonder how they ended up together?" because one partner was more physically attractive than the other. It turns out, whether the man or woman was better looking could tell you something about the future success of their relationship.

A study out of Britain found that when the woman is more conventionally beautiful than the man, the relationship has a decreased chance of success. The researchers explain that when a woman is attractive, she may be more confident about her other options, making a short relationship preferable to her. The imbalance of beauty may also cause jealousy on the part of her man. But when a man is with someone considered less outwardly appealing, it has no impact on the relationship. According to this, it's better for a woman to shoot for guys "out of her league."

Obviously attractiveness goes way beyond superficial beauty, but now I'm curious, have you ever had people hint, or have you ever straight out known, that you were the better looking partner in a pair? If so, how did that work out?

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bombchelz bombchelz 6 years
@atraditionalist This.
looseseal looseseal 6 years
This makes sense in a way. Women who choose less attractive men can still be choosing them for shallow reasons: money, power, etc. Men may also choose less attractive women for shallow reasons like that, but it's less likely that men that shallow can bear to overlook physical attractiveness. Whereas it's not as hard for even shallow women to overlook a man's lack of physical attractiveness. So this may mean in a random sampling of ten men with less attractive women, seven of the men choose these women based on inner beauty and all that good stuff, and three of the men are in it because the women are rich. And in a random sampling of ten women with less attractive men, seven of the women are in it because the ugly men are rich and/or powerful, and three of the women choose men based on inner beauty. Or something like that. Every relationship is different and attractiveness is subjective anyway, but if they based these "studies" on probabilities, maybe this is exactly how they got their "conclusions".
atraditionalist atraditionalist 6 years
I love choosing between being ugly and having successful relationships and being beautiful and having less successful relationships!
bryseana bryseana 6 years
I actually don't look at people like that. And I also assume people get together for more than just looks. Otherwise, that would be a pretty simplistic way of thinking.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
Wasn't there another study that found women who are more attractive than their partners had happier marriages? Yes there was, I found it. I can't believe anyone invests time and money into these kinds of studies. I think my partner and I are equally stunning. What does that mean for us?
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 6 years
Doesn't this study also suggest, then, that men are less likely to cheat than women? That if a woman is the more attractive in a relationship and therefore more likely to appeal to other people in addition to her partner, she'll take up the offers, but a man in the same situation wouldn't? I'm not sure I buy that. If a person is a cheater, it's not going to matter whether they're male or female, or subjectively the "hotter" half of a pair.
Belle-de-Nuit Belle-de-Nuit 6 years
What I consider wildly attractive in a man (husky, bearded, large nose) and what American culture deems the male ideal (ripped with muscles, hairless, chiseled bone structure) are vastly different. Is this study suggesting I am for someone who is a "10" in my eyes, or in the eyes of society at large?
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
How shallow to assume that most people only pick their partner based on appearance. I have been told many times by other guys that I could "do better" (appearance wise), but I laugh it off. It helps me identify quickly who's not a nice person. I can apparently "do better" when it comes to picking friends who are not shallow and don't insult my relationship choices.
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