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You Look Hotter When You're Surrounded By Your Friends

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More importantly, you're probably also having a better time, and that's what really matters. But, you know, back to the looking attractive to other people thing because that's what's really most important.

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The deal is, a new study found that people appear more attractive in group settings than they do alone. Crying in a corner. I added the crying in a corner part.

From The Date Report:

But why? Blame your brain, useless hunk of skull Jell-O that it is. When confronted by a group of people, your visual system creates “ensemble representations” that blend their features. We’re instinctively drawn to “average” faces, possibly because – in evolutionary terms – they indicate that a potential mate is not a horrifying mutant who crawled out of our nightmares. Lo and behold, the average group face your neurons have Photoshopped for you is more appealing than the group’s individual faces.

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If you're looking to meet a new mate, you might as well bring along your mates. Besides, it's so much easier to judge a person's character by how they treat your friends. And the wait staff. Like, seriously, I don't care if boyfriend looks like Jesse Williams' hotter brother, you must abstain if he's a dick to your waiter.

[The Date Report, Psychological Science]

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kaykaysayshey
Kaykay says spring is here

Isn't there some kind of theory where people subconsciously tend to befriend others who are a similar level of attractiveness to them?

Or is that people tend to marry people that are a similar level of attractiveness to them?

I'm sure it was the friend thing though.