If you’ve ever heard of “pretty privilege” then you already know that highly attractive people are believed to live with certain benefits which others don’t get.
Whether this means they get a better job, people are kinder to them or they are paid more.
That attractive people are paid more has been observed in a range of professions from business to law.
But, it turns out that it’s not only the “very attractive” who are usually higher earners than their average counterparts – but, the “very ugly” too.
Researchers at the London School of Economics and the University of Massachusetts were able to somewhat disprove the theory of “pretty privilege” also known as the “beauty premium” or even the “ugliness penalty”.
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They published their findings in the Journal of Business and Psychology.
This latest research claims that people aren’t necessarily being discriminated against due to their looks.
The study’s co-authors, Satoshi Kanazawa and Mary Still, looked at a data set from a popular survey which looks at teenagers: the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health – also called “Add Health”.
The survey is unusual, reports Study Finds, because it measures the physical attractiveness of each person in four instalments for 13 years.
Measurements are based on a five-point scale.
The co-author’s analysis found that more attractive individuals did usually outearn their “average” or “less attractive” peers, but that this was due to the presence of other factors.
Many of the attractive subjects rated higher on qualities like being smarter, healthier, calmer, more extroverted and more conscientious.
Satoshi said: “Physically more attractive workers may earn more, not necessarily because they are more beautiful, but because they are healthier, more intelligent, and have better personality traits conducive to higher earnings.”
However, it was also found that those considered “very unattractive” by Add Health always out earned those thought to be “merely unattractive.”
In many cases, it was found that they also made more money than those of average and above-average attractiveness.
It is thought that previous studies did not find that “very unattractive” individuals are often higher paid because anyone of less-than-average beauty was lumped together.
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