A recent study, published in the Journal of Business and Psychology, shows that people labeled as “unattractive” and “very unattractive” (sorry, just using study’s language!) earn more money than their visually more lucky colleagues.
There is a stereotype that beautiful people are always more confident, have more social skills and get on with their employers better, which translates to higher wages. Satoshi Kanazawa, from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Mary Still, from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, are ready to disprove that.
They interviewed, and measured, 20,000 young Americans on physical attractiveness. They did this four times, starting the participants at the age of 16 through to 29. Please, don’t ask ask the criteria for ‘physical attractiveness’ and whether the participants were aware of the category they had been assigned to. We’re still not quite sure we would like to know either!
What they how found out was that “very unattractive” participants always earned more than those who were just “unattractive.” In many cases the same ratio was true for unattractive and average-looking, or attractive people.
Scientists think this happens because people, who are not that confident in their appearance, are normally less sociable and quite introverted. They happily sit at their desk all day long, focused on completing their tasks and not being disturbed by small talk. Being highly devoted to a specific subject, pursuing it obsessively and then eventually making this their career might be a perfect explanation for this pattern!
We love the positive outcome of the study – if you’re not rich, at least you know you’re beautiful, and vice versa. Win-win!