Speed dating and the rules of attraction
Louise told me that looks were not that important to her, but that a good sense of humor was a must. While Louise certainly values all of the characteristics I listed above, not once did we say, “This guy seems like he has a great sense of humor,” or, “This man has very kind features.” We only stopped to further investigate the profiles of men who seemed physically attractive. The distinction between (Li et al., 2011) can help us understand the importance of a moderate level of physical attractiveness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101(5), 993–1011. According to Li et al., “a necessity is something that is initially extremely desirable…but as more of it is acquired, it diminishes in value.
More attractive people tend to perceive fewer others as physically attractive while less attractive individuals may consider a broader range of others appealing (Montoya, 2008). Parent-offspring conflict over mating: Testing the tradeoffs hypothesis. Buss, D., Shackelford, T., Kirkpatrick, L., & Larsen, R. A half century of mate preferences: The cultural evolution of values. Meet the parents: Parent-offspring convergence and divergence in mate preferences.