Science Of Small Talk
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To be hot or not to be hot–that is the question.
Published on January 29, 2012 by Sam Sommers in Science Of Small Talk

What makes someone attractive to you?

"Specific physical features? A particular personality type? A certain indefinable quality of character or depth of soul? All reasonable answers, sure, but there's an additional response you probably didn't give–one that behavioral science suggests you should at least consider. Another critical influence on who you're attracted to is context.

Show women a photo of a man, research has demonstrated, and they'll rate him as more attractive when he's pictured posing with other women than when he's alone (or when he's with other men). And in other studies–not to mention Seinfeld episodes–the very same man gets rated as more attractive when he's described as married versus single."

DerelictVampire Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I've also read that men find more fantasy in women they know; whereas women find it more in men they don't know. The former because there's an acceptance of their sexuality in some form or other, and the latter because of the mystery and possibility involved.
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