Do you still think that beautiful people earn more? In fact, the level of income grows with the level of unattractiveness. How is this possible? A new research by USA and UK scientists states it pays to be ugly.
Do beautiful people earn more? Of course… not.
Most of the previous studies suggested that physically unattractive workers earn less than their attractive colleagues.
However, scientists Satoshi Kanazawa (London School of Economics and Political Science) and Mary Still (the University of Massachusetts in Boston) came to opposite results.
They didn’t limit their studies by simply dividing people into beautiful and unattractive. The researchers took into consideration such aspects as:
- psychological qualities
In addition, the scientists divided unattractive people into averagely unattractive and strongly unappealing, Science Daily reports.
At the end, Kanazawa and Still made rather curious conclusions.
- People who earn more are healthier, smarter, more conscientious, extroverted, and less nervous. Beauty is nothing if it’s not accompanied by mental and psychological qualities.
- The second finding is also quite interesting. It turned out that highly unattractive respondents always earned more than slightly unappealing employees. Quite often, their earnings exceeded the income of pretty and really beautiful people.
As Mary Still explains, they got completely different results for 2 reasons.
- Firstly, few scientists before them paid attention to such important things as health, intelligence (not education) and personal characteristics.
- Secondly, in most works, plain and ugly participants were not separated but formed a common group of unattractive people. That is why scientists did not notice the advantages ugliness provides.
In this study, the researchers used the data with exact physical characteristics of American residents. Their attractiveness was regularly estimated using a 5-point scale during 13 years.
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