It is easier for attractive people to get a job; they get bigger salaries and enjoy a lot of social benefits. So what are the perks of being pretty?
Researches usually connect visual appeal with career success: handsome people are more likely to be hired and more often promoted because they are pleasing for the management and customers. Gorgeous people seem to exude confidence and look more competent, compared with homely geniuses. Beauty also has a “halo” that makes us think, without good reason, that a good-looking person is smart, kind, and all-knowing. Researchers from the University of Texas evaluated the level of income of graduates of the MBA program and found that the most attractive students earn 10-15% more than their less attractive classmates. From the financial side, it means that genes and the ability to look fresh provide about extra $200,000 over a lifetime.
The owners of British restaurants confess the existence of an unspoken policy of “The Golden Table.” This policy ensures that hostesses will give fine ladies and their attractive partners tables in the center of the restaurant and try to shove unattractive guests in a corner. This discrimination in one way or another exists throughout the world and nothing can be done about it officially.
But there still are some negative points of being beautiful:
- The prejudice works in both ways. As confirmed by the data of psychologist Emily Lovegrove from the University of the West of England, beautiful women are hired more often, but they are just as often perceived as less loyal employees because it is easier for them to find a new job. That is why it is sometimes easy to beat the beauties in career steps. If you base your career on something other than looks, the management will think of you as a more loyal person.
- Attractive men whose work is connected with personal performance are also out of luck. As the London School of Management and the University of Maryland study says, many managers will discriminate against them on during interviews. In the departments where the most effective sales can promote the head of it, the less noticeable person will be chosen for the vacancy. And we can see the opposite picture in the team game.
- Physical attractiveness can also play a bad trick on you in court. The lawyer and the prosecutor will benefit from being good-looking, but the attractiveness of the defendant, according to Dr. Lovegrove, has the opposite effect. The judge and jury subconsciously believe that this person had better chances in life than the average person and didn’t use them and that leads to a harsher verdict.
- Social psychologists from the University of North Carolina say that in hospitals handsome people get prescriptions for smaller doses of painkillers and doctors don’t pay as much attention to their health because attractiveness is associated with good health.
- Everyone will agree that beauty is better than ugliness, but perception is important; and situational behavior is a key. Back in 1975, long before the era of aggressive feminism, scientists noted that people on the street avoid attractive women. The distance between two people on the street increases if one of them is pretty. Perhaps this is an act of respect or simply the will to not being called a stalker.
There are also the statistics of OKCupid, one of the biggest dating sites in the world, that say that profiles with photos of very attractive people get less responses than creative, funny, vivid images of imperfect people.