Why attractive people you date tend​ to be jerks

19 Jun, 2019 at 00:12 | Posted in Statistics & Econometrics | 1 Comment

The Book of Why_coverHave you ever noticed that, among the people you date, the attractive ones tend to be jerks? Instead of constructing elaborate psychosocial theories, consider a simpler explanation. Your choice of people to date depends on two factors, attractiveness and personality. You’ll take a chance on dating a mean attractive person or a nice unattractive person, and certainly a nice attractive person, but not a mean unattractive person … This creates a spurious negative correlation between attractiveness and personality. The sad truth is that unattractive people are just as mean as attractive people — but you’ll never realize it, because you’ll never date somebody who is both mean and unattractive.

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  1. At last! An explanation for the large group of unmarried mean ugly people!

    Try this; attractive people know when they are dating someone less attractive than them, and on some level they know they can get away with being meaner because of it.

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