I recently learned about this website called ok trends where trends from the dating site OkCupid are analyzed and the findings are actually pretty interesting! The major findings from this article I read called “The Mathematics of Beauty” attempt to dissect the correlation between attractiveness and the number of messages received.
According to this, being rated a 4 (cute) will actually decrease the overall number of messages you get so their conclusion was “If someone doesn’t think you’re hot, the next best thing for them to think is that you’re ugly.”
Hmmm seems pretty counter intuitive to me at least. It turns out that when some men think you’re ugly (based on your profile picture), it means less competition for the men that think you’re attractive which gives them an incentive to send you a message so it’s actually good when some men think you’re unattractive?!
On the other hand, when a woman is just cute and are rated about a 4 on a scale of 1-5, it creates the impression that she’s in demand and many men are attracted to her which would turn off the average guy from sending a message because he thinks he won’t stand a chance. Therefore this is referred to as “the curse of being cute”.
The trends seem to only apply to women according to the site. Finally, their advice is to play up your flaws because this will give you lots of attention from people who don’t like you and those that do like you will feel like they have higher chances with you. Hope this is all making sense!
In short, this theory is all summarized with the table below.
What do you Lovely Ladies think about the mathematics of beauty??