Women Are Happier With Less Attractive Men, Study Finds

It’s a tale as old as time. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that.

But here to crush your dreams of a lifelong romance that looks beyond mere vanities and into the very depths of your soul are a bunch of scientists who discovered women are happier with less attractive men.

Frustratingly, their findings kind of give credence to the ridiculous idea of punching above your weight – because there just aren’t enough phrases that equate romance to boxing.

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A study by Florida State University has found that heterosexual relationships tend to be more successful when the female is the more attractive one.

To complete the study, the couples agreed to be rated on their attractiveness by boffins from Southern Methodist University and Florida State University, and were given a questionnaire to fill in, which explored their desire to remain fit and sexy.

Kind of like Comedy Central’s new vomit-inducing Your Face Or Mine:

The study examined 113 exclusively newlywed couples in their 20s, who live near Dallas and had been married less than four months, thus rendering the findings completely unrepresentative of anyone not befitting that description.

But Researcher Tania Reynolds said the study has wider implications:

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Worryingly, the study, published in the journal Body Image, found these ‘social factors’ had a negative impact on a woman’s dieting habits and ‘disorder eating’, advancing preexisting research done in the Meltzer lab.

In other words, women with less attractive husbands felt less need to diet all the time, which apparently made them much happier in their relationship, reports Florida State University News.

In a world where up to 70 million people suffer from an eating disorder, according to the US’ National Eating Disorder Association, these findings are particularly scary.

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Contrarily, men weren’t as pressured to diet as a consequence of their partner’s looks:

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While both men and women are subjected to damaging beauty ideals from all angles in the appearance-driven 21st century, perhaps the findings show women are particularly vulnerable to real life comparisons, and fears over ‘falling short of their partners’ expectations’.

Reynolds made a suggestion as to how couples can combat those negative feelings:

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Reynolds concluded:

So while it’s all ‘fun and games’ to say someone’s punching, not all is fair in love and war.