Does being beautiful equal a better career and more money?

August 2, 2014


The advantages of being beautiful

While some of the wealthiest people in the world are downright ugly, for the average person, it pays to beautiful. Not only do more attractive people have a higher chance of being called back after an interview, they tend to get paid better. Ouch.

Psychologists, sociologists, and economics have studied the phenomenon over the ages and consistently find that overall, attractive people are the beneficiaries of biases in their favor that tend to spell more money over time.

The financial benefits of being attractive

The good news

Created by the folks at Vox, the video above is pretty discouraging for many of us, but they swear that it’s not all doom and gloom.

“The good news in all of this is that in reality, attraction is never a matter of physical appearance alone. Variables like character, temperament, and talent can easily push someone’s appeal in one direction or the other.”

Further, “while it might be the case that good-looking people have a leg up when all other things are equal, in the real world it’s rarely the case that all other things are equal. In the real world, people with mathematically ideal faces sometimes say things like, ‘If I knew everyone in the world, they would love me.'”

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