BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE EARN MORE !!!!

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    Dec 03, 2010 12:06 AM GMT
    Beautiful people earn 12% more than Ugly Bettys

    By Roger Dobson

    Those who consoled themselves with the thought that there is more to life than being really goodlooking are in for a shock. For the beautiful people are not just pleasing on the eye: it seems they are also wealthier, more successful and much easier to get on with.


    Researchers investigating whether there is a beauty premium to be had in the workplace have found that those they deemed the most attractive make 12 per cent more money than those regarded as less goodlooking. Average Joes and Joans have little to smile about either, with the moderately attractive taking home seven per cent less in earnings than the prettiest people.

    The main reason for the apparent victory of the lookers is that they are seen as more helpful and co-operative.

    In the study, reported in the Journal of Economic Psychology, University of California researchers studied three groups of subjects according to general perceptions of physical attractiveness. Their behaviour was observed and their different incomes taken into consideration.

    "Attractive people make more money than middle attractive people, who in turn make more money than unattractive people," declared the researchers.

    The scientists said their work was applicable across different societies and work settings.

    The researchers concluded that attractive people make more money because they found it easier to generate co-operation among their co-workers. The team ruled out another possibility – that the more successful were just more selfish.

    In fact, they found that that attractive people are, on average, less selfish than moderately attractive people. The team said one theory why people are more co-operative with attractive people is that they believe them to be more helpful.

    They say attractive people are consistently judged and treated more positively, and the results show that 39 per cent of attractive men and women were judged to be helpful, compared to 16 per cent of middle attractive people, and only six per cent of unattractive people.

    The researchers said: "Beautiful people tend to be in more successful teams because other team members are more co-operative in the presence of beautiful people."

    The good news for those like Ugly Betty (played by America Ferrera, below) is that when the beautiful people are not pulling their weight, their good looks count against them. In those situations, the unattractive invariably come out as the winners.

    Work strategist Catherine Kaputa has already suggested that looks have a bearing on an individual's career. "It is pretty disconcerting to find out that the workplace is a beauty contest," said Kaputa, author of U R a Brand.

    "Good looks have what social scientists call the halo effect. Because someone is attractive, we assign many other positive attributes to him or her that have nothing to do with looks."

    Help, I look like a workplace failure

    Work guru Catherine Kaputa has formulated a five-point plan for salvaging your looks and achieving success:


    1 Package yourself: clothes will not help you perform but will help how your performance is perceived

    2 Emphasise features: be confident about your looks and build a strong image

    3 Have a trademark: think Bono's shades or Sir Robin Day's bow ties. Stand out from the crowd

    4 Focus on "soft power": use your values, style and point of view to attract others to you. Stand tall, and never slouch

    5 Hone your speech: the ability to sell yourself and your ideas is critical




    http://articles.cnn.com/2005-07-08/us/looks_1_plain-people-daniel-hamermesh-studies?_s=PM:US

    Studies show attractive students get more attention and higher evaluations from their teachers, good-looking patients get more personalized care from their doctors, and handsome criminals receive lighter sentences than less attractive convicts. But how much do looks matter at work?

    The ugly truth, according to economics professors Daniel Hamermesh of the University of Texas and Jeff Biddle of Michigan State University, is that plain people earn 5 percent to 10 percent less than people of average looks, who in turn earn 3 percent to 8 percent less than those deemed good-looking.

    These findings concur with other research that shows the penalty for being homely exceeds the premium for beauty and that across all occupations, the effects are greater for men than women.

    A London Guildhall University survey of 11,000 33-year-olds found that unattractive men earned 15 percent less than those deemed attractive, while plain women earned 11 percent less than their prettier counterparts.

    In their report "Beauty, Productivity and Discrimination: Lawyers', Looks and Lucre," Hamermesh and Biddle found that the probability of a male attorney attaining early partnership directly correlates with how handsome he is.

    Size matters, too. A study released last year by two professors at the University of Florida and University of North Carolina found that tall people earn considerably more money throughout their careers than their shorter co-workers, with each inch adding about $789 a year in pay.

    A survey of male graduates of the University of Pittsburgh found that the tallest students' average starting salary was 12 percent higher than their shorter colleagues'. The London Guildhall study showed that overweight women are more likely to be unemployed and that those who are working earn on average 5 percent less than their trimmer peers.

    According to Dr. Gordon Patzer, who has spent more than three decades studying and writing about physical attractiveness, human beings are hard-wired to respond more favorably to attractive people. Even studies of babies show they will look more intently and longer at prettier faces.

    "Good-looking men and women are generally judged to be more talented, kind, honest and intelligent than their less attractive counterparts," Patzer says. "Controlled studies show people go out of their way to help attractive people -- of the same and opposite sex -- because they want to be liked and accepted by good-looking people."

    These conclusions may not sound too pretty to those of us who were dealt a bad hand in the looks department. But don't rush off to try out for the next round of "Extreme Makeover" just yet.

    Despite what the research says, some of the world's most successful people have been ordinary looking at best, and you would never mistake the faces in Fortune for those in Esquire or Entertainment Weekly. Business legends are often of average height (Bill Gates at 5 feet 9 inches) or even diminutive (Jack Welch, 5 feet 8 inches, and Ross Perot, 5 feet 7 inches). What's more, many folks who are lovely to look at complain that they lose out on jobs because people assume they are vacuous or lightweights.

    How does this reconcile with all the research? Hiring managers say it is the appearance of confidence they find attractive, not the presence of physical beauty. And they contend that attractiveness has more to do with how you carry yourself and the energy you exude -- rather than having perfect features or a great physique.

    According to Gordon Wainright, author of "Teach Yourself Body Language," anyone can increase their attractiveness to others if they maintain good eye contact, act upbeat, dress well (with a dash of color to their wardrobe) and listen well.

    Wainright also stresses the importance of posture and bearing and suggests that for one week you stand straight, tuck in your stomach, hold your head high and smile at those you meet.

    Based on many such experiments, Wainwright predicts you will begin to be treated with more warmth and respect and start attracting more people to you.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/beautiful-people-earn-12-more-than-ugly-bettys-461261.html


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    Dec 03, 2010 2:25 AM GMT
    Another way to look at it is wealthy people typically have more disposable income to spend on looking good.
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    Dec 03, 2010 2:33 AM GMT
    ATC84 saidAnother way to look at it is wealthy people typically have more disposable income to spend on looking good.


    Ah yes, good point. I certainly would look better if I had more money to spend on semi-decent clothes or new pair of jeans. Or perhaps a new coat other than the one I've had since freshman year high school. But with school and rent being so damn expensive, hard for a student to do such things.
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    Dec 03, 2010 2:38 AM GMT
    this isn't really news, is it? can't believe they put money into this kind of research. I thought this was common knowledge
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    Dec 03, 2010 2:40 AM GMT
    Can you imagine the focus group for this study?! "Ok, your going to be in the least attractive group." "Your gonna be in the mildly attractive group, but don't worry, you're not the ugliest!" "Your beautiful people"

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    Dec 03, 2010 2:43 AM GMT
    k3l3k0 saidthis isn't really news, is it? can't believe they put money into this kind of research. I thought this was common knowledge


    Some people just don't want to admit to themselves that the world is a meat market. Can't blame them; it's honestly depressing if you think about it.

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    Dec 03, 2010 2:44 AM GMT
    they also get less severe sentences when they commit crimes. and they say justice is blind!
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    Dec 03, 2010 2:59 AM GMT
    k3l3k0 saidthis isn't really news, is it? can't believe they put money into this kind of research. I thought this was common knowledge


    Not news, no. If it's quantified, though, then we can see if it changes over time.
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    Dec 03, 2010 3:03 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI hate this bullshit. It is true and it is unfortunate.




    Well I think it can be fortunate when you meet a potential new client and you are trying to make a good impression. Nice looking, good grooming a bright smile and friendly attitude goes a long way when you start a business presentation. I realize this is about more than looks, but I'm glad I have some. It does help.
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    Dec 03, 2010 3:40 AM GMT
    I think there's some truth that good-looking people (of course not all) can be charming too; that can melt one's heart (whether it's an angry client or boss)!
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    Dec 03, 2010 3:47 AM GMT
    First tall people and now beautiful people!?! Assholes.

    FUTUREsexloveSOUND saidCan you imagine the focus group for this study?! "Ok, your going to be in the least attractive group." "Your gonna be in the mildly attractive group, but don't worry, you're not the ugliest!" "Your beautiful people"


    Haha- but it's you're* and not your*
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    Dec 03, 2010 3:49 AM GMT
    I would have to say that there is some truth to this, but I think it's important that it is combined with a good, and likable personality. I've known some pretty physically beautiful people who are ugly and hateful as a person. They may be able to fake it and get away with it for a while but for the most part, believe that will catch up with them in time. Good looks, winning smile, eloquent speech, well dressed... I think it's got to be the whole package.
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    Dec 03, 2010 3:50 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI hate this bullshit. It is true and it is unfortunate.

    Most good looking people are already models making ungodly amounts of money for possessing no talent whatsoever other than being able to be photographed well.
    Some of the best looking people I've met don't like to be photographed, and I've photographed well over 300 professional models (and counting).
    And, modeling requires shitloads of talent. Looking pretty is easy. Knowing how the light hits your body, which angles and poses make you look your best, and how to pull off expressions and emotions that match the overall feel of the image takes lots and lots of practice and skill. Then factor in the harsh conditions in which some models work (bondage - being tied up for hours on end, fetish - maybe not your own but faking it enough to be convincing, naked or scantily clad in cold weather, snow, ice, rain, etc.) and you realize that modeling is actually much more difficult than most other jobs.

    Sorry, I just go on a tangent when people say modeling is easy when they have absolutely no idea what they're talking about. icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 03, 2010 3:51 AM GMT
    Well, think of it this way, who gets hired in retail? Pretty people. Why? Because when one walks in a store, who are they going to approach? Its animalistic, its human.

    Bring this up a few notches...
    You're walking late at night and see two people, one being slightly less symmetrical, overweight, unshaven, limping etc, the other is a clean cut, coiffed, broad shouldered man. Who do you tend to walk closer too when passing them both. Because the animal in you trusts them, your instinct tells you that because they take care of themselves, they will likely take care of you. Transfers right into business icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 03, 2010 3:51 AM GMT
    PS. And yes, it's a visual world. Eye candy is king, be it decorations or body image. It's all very important.
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    Dec 03, 2010 3:58 AM GMT
    frenchatheart saidBeautiful people earn 12% more than Ugly Bettys

    By Roger Dobson

    Those who consoled themselves with the thought that there is more to life than being really goodlooking are in for a shock. For the beautiful people are not just pleasing on the eye: it seems they are also wealthier, more successful and much easier to get on with.




    To every rule, there are some exceptions....in the end, the nerds and or the ones with little scruples still stand better odds of making better money.


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    Dec 03, 2010 3:59 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI hate this bullshit. It is true and it is unfortunate.

    Most good looking people are already models making ungodly amounts of money for possessing no talent whatsoever other than being able to be photographed well.


    That is not entirely true.You were right when you said that a lot of good looking people become either models or actors, however that doesnt mean they are talentless. Those born with a higher IQ, or those born with amazing vocals are not any different from those born with amazing looks. These are all physical attributes we do not choose to have but we can learn how to use them in order to make ourselves successful in life. Being that said, scientists, models, actors and singers are all talented individuals in their respective areas.
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    Dec 03, 2010 4:14 AM GMT
    What I love is the fact that there are many, many exceptions to the hypothesis these economic researchers are trying to prove...plus, I'd like to see other academics replicate the study elsewhere.

    I will acknowledge my bias is that to some degree these findings are likely to be true, but, maybe for even different reasons that the researchers suspect. The researchers from TX did not, possibly, account for all of the influential variables, such as the study that includes height. For example, it is possible that a higher percentage of shorter people come from lower socioeconomic (SES) backgrounds than of taller individuals. Just sayin'

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    Dec 03, 2010 4:33 AM GMT
    It's only a meat market if we all perceive it that way, and we don't. In the meantime, it's a meat market for some and another kind of place(s) altogether for the rest of us.


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    Dec 03, 2010 6:47 AM GMT
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Shit I blame this on the media! The media is all to blame on our perception of beauty! I guess Im going to be a poor motherfucka for the rest of my life!
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    Dec 03, 2010 6:55 AM GMT
    A_1991 saidBeauty is in the eye of the beholder! Shit I blame this on the media! The media is all to blame on our perception of beauty! I guess Im going to be a poor motherfucka for the rest of my life!


    Actually, no, many studies on the subject showed that some aspect of the beauty isn't linked to culture, instead are universal.
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    Dec 03, 2010 7:25 AM GMT
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    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI hate this bullshit. It is true and it is unfortunate.

    Most good looking people are already models making ungodly amounts of money for possessing no talent whatsoever other than being able to be photographed well.


    That is not entirely true.You were right when you said that a lot of good looking people become either models or actors, however that doesnt mean they are talentless. Those born with a higher IQ, or those born with amazing vocals are not any different from those born with amazing looks. These are all physical attributes we do not choose to have but we can learn how to use them in order to make ourselves successful in life. Being that said, scientists, models, actors and singers are all talented individuals in their respective areas.



    This is perfectly true , you are a very wise man ..icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 03, 2010 8:21 AM GMT
    FUTUREsexloveSOUND saidCan you imagine the focus group for this study?! "Ok, your going to be in the least attractive group." "Your gonna be in the mildly attractive group, but don't worry, you're not the ugliest!" "Your beautiful people"



    They would not be told what group they were in AND would also be blind to how they would be judged

    The same goes for the PI's

    It would have to be a double blind study for it to have any sort of power and minimal bias
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    Dec 03, 2010 8:48 AM GMT
    The biggest load of shit I have ever had to read. Who the hell pays these so called experts to carry out these studies anyway?

    Maybe they should be calculating how shallow and self absorbed some people are to think that good looks will help them get a well paid job etc

    This is complete and utter nonsense and this kind of research is as valuable as the PhD that these so called experts display on their office wall.

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    Dec 03, 2010 7:10 PM GMT
    This article is such a piece of shit!

    First of all 12 per cent is not even that much more money to make the investigation significant. How much did the less good looking people make then? In the context of dollars, say the average man earns around 32,000 a year, a 'good looking person' would make around 3840 dollars more A YEAR. Wow lucky them!

    'The main reason for the apparent victory of the lookers is that they are seen as more helpful and co-operative'

    Surely less attractive people can be 'more helpful and co-operative' too!?!?! And what a rubbish reason to explain the results!

    Do not believe this article! It irritates me so much. First of all, just cos they're good looking doesn't mean they don't have OTHER qualities that actually may be overriding their looks. Just because they're good looking doesn't mean they're not intelligent. In my opinion academic success will far outweigh someone's looks in the interview process (UNLESS we're talking about the fashion world or showbiz). Most companies ask for a 2:1 and no matter how attractive you are you can't override that if you don't have sufficient academic qualifications!