• Question: What makes some people more attractive than others?

    Asked by scxrlxtt to Hephzi, Imogen, Jen, Jennifer, Tom on 11 Mar 2015.
    • Photo: Thomas Barrett

      Thomas Barrett answered on 11 Mar 2015:

      For a start lots of that is personal opinion. So that varies between people. Some people have features that are more commonly seen as attractive however.

      People have suggested the amount of symmetry a body has affects how ‘good looking’ they are with people who have more symmetrical faces being more attractive (to a wider group of people) than those who don’t.

      At the end of the day it is down to style, taste and their confidence. But there is some interesting science behind some of it!

    • Photo: Jennifer Rudd

      Jennifer Rudd answered on 11 Mar 2015:

      Yep, I agree with Tom! It’s all perception and I agree with the phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

    • Photo: Jen Machin

      Jen Machin answered on 13 Mar 2015:

      Yes, I agree with this too – someone can be attractive for lots of different reasons, not just looks!

      Studies have found that looks are quite important though. Like Tom says, the more symmetrical someone’s face is, the more attractive most people think they are. Scientists have done studies where they have shown people lots of different faces (ones that are supposed to be very attractive and less attractive) to see how that changes someone’s behaviour toward a person. People were actually found to help attractive people more!