What have researchers learned about attraction from looking at the website HOT OR NOT?


Via Brain Candy: Science, Paradoxes, Puzzles, Logic, and Illogic to Nourish Your Neurons:

Here are some of the things researchers have been able to discover using HOTorNOT.com’s magical numbers:

• Men are 240 percent more likely to accept a date offer than women.

• With each one-point gain in hotness (on a scale of 1 to 10), a person’s chances of being accepted for a date increase by 130 percent.

• People who are themselves less attractive tend to undervalue attractiveness in others, preferring to instead prioritize personality traits like kindness and sense of humor.

• As you’d expect, people are more likely to accept date offers from people with hotness scores greater than their own. But when the person requesting a date is more than four points hotter than the person being propositioned, the likelihood of acceptance tapers. Is this due to intimidation?

Members’ own attractiveness had no influence on how hot they perceived other members. In other words, less attractive members didn’t delude themselves about their dates’ attractiveness.

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