In a 2014 Chinese study, more than 100 young people looked at images of men and women's faces and rated them on attractiveness.
Each face pictured was paired with a word that described either a positive personality trait — like kindness or honesty — or a negative personality trait, like being evil or mean.
"We think this suggests greater financial independence gives women more confidence in partner choices, and attracts them to powerful, attractive older men," lead author and University of Dundee psychologist Fhionna Moore said in a statement.
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As she shared at Psychology Today, it goes like this: "First the woman smiles at her admirer and lifts her eyebrows in a swift, jerky motion as she opens her eyes wide to gaze at him.
While the majority of users were inclined to reach out to highly attractive people, they were most likely to get a response if that person was about as attractive as they were (as judged by independent raters).
"If you go for someone roughly [equal] to you in attractiveness, it avoids two things," Nottingham Trent University psychologist Mark Sergeant, who was not involved with the study, told The Independent.
Results showed that the people described with positive traits were rated more attractive.
"Even though beauty is an assessment of fitness value, there is no reason why assessment of fitness needs to be purely physical," Kaufman writes, meaning that acting kind can make you appear more attractive.Infatuation — As Explained By 11 Men On Reddit Rebecca Jane Stokes is a sex, humor and lifestyle writer living in Brooklyn, New York with her cat, Batman.She hosts the sex, love, and dating advice show, Becca After Dark on Your Tango's Facebook Page every Tuesday and Thursday at pm Eastern. Rebecca Jane Stokes is a sex, humor and lifestyle writer living in Brooklyn, New York with her cat, Batman.A 2010 cross-cultural study — with participants from China, England, Germany, and the US — found that women are most attracted to men wearing red.In one experiment from the study, 55 female undergrads looked at a colour photo of a man in either a red or green shirt, and then rated the man's attractiveness.Psychologists call it the "George Clooney Effect." As 2010 study of 3,770 heterosexual adults suggested that women often prefer older men.