Dating In The Dark
Many Maybefriends users choose not to upload a photo, some are shy, some may not be confident in their appearance or some just could not be bothered. We all appreciate a great personality in a partner but do we click on the profile without the mugshot? The answer is no. Maybefriends profiles that include a photograph receive a lot more hits than those without. So why is this?
Happy go lucky, humorous, boring, brainy, they say our personality is written all over our face. Scientists in Glasgow University have this year proven that people associate facial appearance with personality traits and in most cases their association is proven accurate. Profile photos can give away a lot more than our level of attractiveness but tell us more about the kind of person you are better than any blurb or profile possibly could.
According to a University of Sydney study this month of 200 high street retailers, physical appearance is said to be more important than previous experience when applying for a job. Experts suggest that the results of the study also conclude that employers in the hospitality, tourism and telecommunications industries are equally as guilty.
Appearances do matter and can be helpful in us making a judgement on somebody but that does not mean to say that beauty matters.
A new ABC show is currently airing in America whereby participants living in a house without lights or windows have the opportunity to date each other in a completely darkened setting so as appearances are not a factor. At the end of each episode the participants choose one housemate to be revealed to them in the light of day and then decide whether to walk away or stay with the person they fell for in the dark. Six couples have participated so far and only two have walked away having being revealed to each other. And only one of those was based on physical appearance.
So it appears love really can be blind!