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Psychol Sci. 2008 Jul;19(7):669-77. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2008.02141.x.

If I'm not hot, are you hot or not? Physical attractiveness evaluations and dating preferences as a function of one's own attractiveness.

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Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Uris Hall, 3022 Broadway, Room 508, NewYork, NY 10027-6902, USA.


Prior research has established that people's own physical attractiveness affects their selection of romantic partners. This article provides further support for this effect and also examines a different, yet related, question: When less attractive people accept less attractive dates, do they persuade themselves that the people they choose to date are more physically attractive than others perceive them to be? Our analysis of data from the popular Web site suggests that this is not the case: Less attractive people do not delude themselves into thinking that their dates are more physically attractive than others perceive them to be. Furthermore, the results also show that males, compared with females, are less affected by their own attractiveness when choosing whom to date.

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