No doubt you knew this already, but Paris Hilton's new flick, The Hottie And The Nottie is utter bullshit: Attractive girls don't hang out with unattractive ones and hot people stick together. (See: Sororities, cafeteria seating arrangements and posses of club-crawlers.) Now science has proven that, (gasp), attractive people are attracted to one another. According to academics at Columbia, Carnegie Mellon and MIT and as reported by UPI "people with similar levels of physical attractiveness tend to date each other." Well, duh. You learned this from watching cheerleader/football player interactions in school, right? Or from a John Hughes movie? Well, the researchers did work with HOTorNOT.com. So. But there's good news: According to a different study, when you fall in love, people who are not your partner seem less attractive.
A team at UCLA had volunteers look at dreamy pictures of people of the opposite sex, then write an essay either about their romantic partner or something else. The ones who wrote about their partners were six times less likely to admit to thinking about the pictures of the hotties they'd just seen. Which makes sense! If you're happy and in love, you're less inclined to care about some random handsome dude.
Of course, everyone has a story about a lover with a roving eye, or a pretty girl who's dating a dorky dude. There's an entire Web site dedicated to that kind of stuff. But what the scientists should be figuring out is why hot people think that being with other hot people is the right thing to do do. What's the value in hotness?
When you measure it against a sense of humor, intelligence, talent or knowing how to tune an engine, does it have any redeemable qualities? Given the choice between a not-so-cute dude who can play guitar, speak four languages, do silly magic party tricks and make pancakes from scratch and one who is merely hot, which makes better sense?