Monday, November 28, 2011

The Mathematics of Beauty

The other day I was reading the blog for OKCupid.com (which is extremely interesting by the way, I highly recommend it) and came across a study that, based on a large data set, concluded a point I made in a post about male taste and female attractiveness. While I won't pretend that I am being humble about the affirmation, I still think it is worthwhile noting it here, in case there were any cynics:


Sounds pretty comparable. For those of you that didn't read the original post on here, the implication is that you shouldn't be concerned if a particular guy seems more interested in your seemingly better-looking friend, or even is a guy makes an unfavorable comment about your looks, because other men you are interested in may very well consider you beautiful. While there are limits to this phenomenon (e.g. a two on a particular guy's ten point scale is essentially ugly to everyone), there is a suprising variance in male opinion when it comes to feminine attractiveness.

Anyway, check out the OKCupid article, it's a good read. Here is the link: http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/the-mathematics-of-beauty/

10 comments:

  1. That is a good article! Thanks for linking to it. =)

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  2. Malcolm Gladwell did a TED talk on Happiness about a story of spaghetti sauce. It is the same idea. When more people vote on the one sauce, the less intense they like it. So instead of making just one sauce that most people like, Prego decided to make many different flavors and became the best selling brand of pasta sauce.

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    1. Interesting. I think this means I am as smart as Malcolm Gladwell ;)

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    2. @ Andrew, you're pretty close....actually one of your articles describing three types of women/ girls.... Type A - who is a gym junkie, Type B - who is a nerd and Type C who is lazy reminded me of Malcolm Gladwell's "to be successful you need to apply 10,000 hours to whatever you want to achieve"

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  3. If this is the case, then why do men even bother speaking of a "10-point scale" of feminine beauty?

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    1. (1) Because we, as humans, all want the world to be linear and homogeneous.

      (2) Because it is used mostly to gauge personal taste, not to rank women objectively. For example "Dude that girl is easily a 9 for me." "Whattt? No way man, for me she is just a 7 tops."

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  4. So, wait, as a woman, SHOULD you be shit-testing? Does this add or substract from your value?

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  5. *Sorry I meant to post the above comment on the "Vulnerability and Manipulation" post.. My bad..

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    1. Here's an peculiar question. "If a particular guy seems more interested in your seemingly better-looking friend, or even is a guy makes an unfavorable comment about your looks," are they less desirable to be with than someone who feels you're their type? Assume you somehow ended up in a relationship without someone like so because of long-term feelings that gradually developed. They say that when a person falls in love, their partner is one of the most attractive beings ever. In the back of his mind, wouldn't he know that you are still objectively a 6 that he subjectively thinks is a 10 due to his rose-colored glasses? That being said, would it be more desirable to find someone who thinks you're a 9 regardless of how they feel towards you?

      I personally feel really insecure when I'm with someone who didn't find me as attractive initially. Call it self-esteem issues but "You're beautiful" sounds like "I like your personality but if my friends ask about my girl, you're still a 6 to keep things real."

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