The massive disadvantage that attractive people face

Publish Date
Saturday, 4 November 2017, 12:35PM
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You might think that the world is an easier place for those more aesthetically gifted of us, and for the most part you're probably right, but new research has shown that in terms of employment this could be a massive hindrance.

Research in the past has shown that applicants that are better looking have a better shot at getting the job than their less attractive counterparts.

But a brand new study out of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology has shown that they might actually be at a disadvantage when applying for certain positions.

Interviewers will judge a person on how much they think they want the job, and will assume that attractive people will want the glamorous positions and the uglier ones will be happy with the not so glamorous.

This means that they're less likely to offer the attractive person the job.

"We found that people perceive attractive individuals to feel more entitled to good outcomes than unattractive individuals.

Our work suggests that we may need to think differently about low level jobs.

Jobs that are considered to be less desirable are typically those at the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum, including a disproportionate number of people who might be particularly vulnerable if they become victims of discrimination."

So there you have it, sometimes being the Michelle of the group isn't always the worst.