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Uglier People Might Make More Money, According To Science

Hot people have it pretty good – we get it. They’re pretty much the bane of our existence, what with their flawless skin, perfect teeth and sick bods. We’re not jealous, you are.

And physical attractiveness can pay off – for reals – with people often linking looking good to a larger income. It makes sense though, right? More beautiful people tend to have stronger confidence, developed social and communicative skills and as a result, may be favoured by employers.

But a recent study from the Journal of Business and Psychology found that the “beauty premium” and “ugly penalty” don’t exactly stack up.

Satoshi Kanazawa from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Mary Still from the University of Massachusetts in Boston analysed data from a study of 20,000 young people. They were interviewed, given a score based on their physical attractiveness (our worst nightmare) at age 16, and then three more times until they were 29.

So once this was done, it turned out that the theory of an “ugliness penalty” on wages isn’t that simple. In fact, when other facets of a person’s personality (like health and intelligence) were considered, results showed that people who were more conscientious, extroverted and less neurotic earned significantly more than those who weren’t.

Also, participants deemed “very unattractive” always earned more than those who were just “unattractive”. This was also often the case when very unattractive folk were weighed up against average-looking and attractive people.

So the moral of the story is if you’re not feeling yourself today, just know science has your back, and will totally come through with a tonne of cash for you. Okay probably not, but a good win for the not so attractive people of the world!

H/T: Business Insider 


Bradley is a writer from regional NSW and he didn’t come here to make friends, he came to win. He tweets infrequently to his 43 followers @bradjohnston_.

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