Ever looked in the mirror and wondered if you’re ugly? Sometimes, we get so insecure with the way our peers look at us, which often leads us to asking ourselves, “Do I look bad?” We all know people treat attractive ones better.
Wonder no more! A study published in Frontiers in Psychology suggests that children know whether someone’s attractive or not. It’s not really that shallow though. There’s more to this study.
In the study, children link someone’s trustworthiness to how attractive someone is. Dr. Xiaming Lu of Wenzhou Medical University and Dr. Finagling Ma and Dr. Fe Xu of Zheijiang Sci-Tech University headed the study with over 138 participants ranging from children of ages 8 to 12 and adults. Who these children perceived to be trustworthy were compared to those of adults.
Using FaceGen (a face generation program), participants were exposed to 200 images of male faces in two different sessions. The first session involved the participants rating one’s trustworthiness. The next session, which was done a month later, involved the same participants rating the same face’s attractiveness.
Results show that there’s a direct relationship between the two qualities. If you looked trustworthy, people find you attractive. Another observation was how children would base someone’s trustworthiness to his/her attractiveness. As we grow older, the more we use that as basis to trust someone. So, it’s something people are born to do.
Apparently, we do judge a book by its cover. So the next time a child thinks you’re pretty, believe that kid and say thank you!