Physical attractiveness is the degree to which a person’s physical traits are considered aesthetically pleasing or beautiful. There are many factors which influence one person’s attraction to another, with physical aspects being one of them. Physical attraction itself includes universal perceptions common to all human culture, as well as aspects that are culturally and socially dependent, along with individual subjunctive preferences. Many characteristics of a person in need might affect whether that individual is helped, researchers have paid special attention at two: the personal attractiveness of the person in need and whether or not the person seems responsible for being in the position of needing assistance.
The bias toward beauty also affects helping. Attractive people are more likely to be offered help and cooperation across a number of different settings, whether it be asking for directions on campus, playing a game that could be either competitive or cooperative, or requesting money in a health emergency. In addition to physical attractiveness, interpersonal attractiveness is also related to receiving more help.
Certainly one explanation for some of these findings is that people help attractive others in the hope of establishing some kind of relationship with an attractive person. Not many people would be shocked to learn, for example that male motorists in France were more likely to stop their cars and offer a ride to female hitchhikers whose bust size was enhanced or who were smiling. What may be surprising, however, is that attractive people receive more help even when the helper does it anonymously, with no chance for any reward.
Studies show that attractive people have advantages in life that unattractive people do not have. Attractive people tend to be earn higher salaries and are more successful. Studies further confirm that attractive is important even in careers where looks are not the determinant.
Besides that, attractive children tend to be treated better by teachers. They are perceived to be more intelligent and sociable than their less attractive counterparts.
It is definitely obvious that attractive people get the better deal in society because today’s world is so materialistic and focused on appearances. First impression plays such a huge role and people are often judged on how they are initially viewed. In the work especially, first impressions can either make or break you, when you walk into a interview, the way you look and the way you carry yourself will be major factor in whether or not get a job position.
I personally feel attractive people get better treatment. I think it should not matter whether a person is attractive or unattractive, they all should be treated by what they can do, not by their looks. I wish the world wasn’t so judgmental. Everyone should be treated equal.
Written by Zhana Gabechava