The latest findings suggest that kids don’t rely on those they perceive to be grotesque or ugly people. They find these beauty-challenged individuals to be less reliable and trustworthy.
Beauty has been called a skin deep phenomenon. Yet children do not think that way. Many children don’t trust ugly people. The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.
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Trustworthiness was deeply linked with attractiveness. As we enter our teen years and become full-fledged adults later on, we tend to continue to follow this childish thinking. Females are better at this irrational yet intuitive thinking than males.
Even psychology points towards a beauty stereotype. The more beautiful somebody is, the more intelligent, popular and advanced he or she is taken to be even if such is not the case. It is an unfortunate twist of fate yet it holds full sway across the board.
Even bosses rely more on attractive employees and babies prefer beautiful faces to ugly ones. Actually facial features figure in this field of reliability judgment. While it was held to be true in babies and adults, nobody knew children act in the same manner. Yet now this has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.
From the cradle to the grave, this snap judgment about gauging human faces like the covers of books seems to be a constant. It is a fundamental part of social development and understanding society on an unconscious level. Beauty seems to be a universal language that attracts like nothing else.
Beauty and ugliness are like honey and vinegar respectively. You attract more flies with the former than with the latter. As for first impressions, they outlast all the rest of the measures taken to cover up the previous blunders.
138 participants were observed. They were children and they were compared to a group of adults. A face generation program was employed to make some 200 different male faces.
Most of these were neutral with a piercing gaze. The children were asked to rate the trustworthiness of the faces. The adults were more uniform in how they rated the faces.
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As for the children, they judged the reliability of the faces as solely based on their attractiveness quotient. So while judging a book by its cover is as superficial as it gets, it seems that is the way human nature works for better or for worse.