You may have read plenty of articles on how to impress the other sex or how to look more attractive? Some might have worked, while some just didn’t! But this time, we have got science on our side to give you sureshot answers on what makes you look unattractive.
Check out what science says about these 9 things that can make you look unattractive.
#1. Sleep deprivation
Now, why would you be attracted to someone who looks like a zombie? As per a 2010 research, people who hadn’t slept in 31 hours end up looking sadder, less healthy and less attractive. So it’s best to listen to your body and take a good beauty nap.
#2. Being Mean
As per a 2014 Chinese study, a group of men and women were shown photographs of other genders with neutral expressions. However, these photos were accompanied with words such as “evil”, “mean”, “decent” and “honest”. Photographs that had mean and evil written underneath them were rated less attractive. Maybe now, you might want to change your inner Regina George!
#3. Contractive body language
According to a 2016 research, people with contractive body language appear less attractive. While people with a power pose or an open body language are more likely to get dates. So next time, don’t hunch and fold your arms in your profile picture.
Not only stress takes a toll on your mind but it also makes you look less attractive. As per a 2013 study, women with high stress levels were perceived less attractive. This can be attributed to high cortisol levels during stress.
#5. Too happy or too proud
Remember how your mom told you to not to frown too much when you were a little girl? Turns out, happier and smiling girls are perceived to be more attractive. But the same doesn’t work for men. Women do not prefer men who smile too much. A proud face was rated more attractive by women while the reverse didn’t work for women.
#6. Sense of humour
We love people who can make us laugh and now a 2009 study has further proved that people with a sense of humour appear more attractive than those with zero sense of humour. Good thing is, it’s not gender specific and is a trait appreciated in both genders.
Even attractive people may end up looking less attractive if they are uncooperative or lazy. In a 2004 study done on archelogy students, those with these traits were rated the lowest on attractiveness. Furthermore, men who have low ambition are found less attractive by women.
#8. Body smell
The way you smell can say a lot about how much attractive you look to the opposite sex. Studies have shown that it is human tendency to seek out mates that are neither too different nor too similar. These decisions are partly based on body odour.
Not only is dishonesty an undesirable personality trait, it also plays a spoilsport on your attractiveness. In a 2006 study, participants were asked to rate some men and women who were described as dependent or independent, intelligent or unintelligent and honest or dishonest. Out of all the samples, dishonesty was the only trait that had a negative impact on attractiveness.