Harvard research that may well not be true

Beautiful people may appear to have it easy in life.
But it turns out they are actually unlucky in love – as their relationships are more likely to end, research reveals.
A study which explains the high rate of Hollywood divorces has found that being attractive could actually be a ‘relationship liability’.
Even if people are not looking to poach you, being good-looking makes you more likely to cheat and be attracted to other people. While few people will be reaching for their violins, this leads to a higher break-up rate for the most beautiful.
The findings come from Harvard University, whose researchers looked at celebrities for fresh insights into the splits of Hollywood power couples like Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin or Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

The generally accepted view is that this is true of men and not of women. Good looking of both sexes (yes, cis-heterosexist patriarchal trans-hater that I am) have more opportunities, entirely so. Which tend to work out in opposite directions the men spreading the seed and the women insisting upon that exclusivity. Studying actors is going to rather obscure this, as the pretty birds are going to be with the good looking men…..

18 comments on “Harvard research that may well not be true

  1. Hollywood gives a very warped view. There is a very long list indeed of 40+ women who where once A-list hotties, now all single, doing puff articles in various rags about their love of Independence, how good it is to be alone, and the upside of cat ownership.

    The odd one throws in a bit about how 20yo Marco is wonderfully mature, energizing and empowering for her, but not usually without sounding profoundly lonely.

  2. I wonder why the researchers focused on Hollywood rather than picking on a more representative sample of the population like football players?

  3. Something I learned by bitter experience:
    Attractive people often don’t have particularly attractive personalities. In fact, the rule seems to be; the attractiveness of the personality is inverse proportion to the attractiveness of the packaging.
    It’s not hard to see why. Physically attractive people are immediately attractive. They don’t need to work on acquiring an attractive personality to compensate for physical failings.
    Stick two of them together and, once the initial enthusiasm’s worn off, what have you got? Couple of assoles.

  4. I always assumed the high divorce rate amongst Hollywood actors was because they are a bunch of narcissistic dicks.

  5. I think this applies to both men and women, but particularly women: the good looking ones find it easy to attract a partner and (some of them) don’t make any particular effort to keep one, always finding it easy to find another. The less good looking ones know it is quite hard to find a decent person and so when they find one they put in the effort to hang onto them. Women suddenly get to their thirties and realise they’ve left a string of decent men behind them and now nobody is interested. This can happen to men too, but they have time to wise up and settle.

  6. It’s not hard to see why. Physically attractive people are immediately attractive. They don’t need to work on acquiring an attractive personality to compensate for physical failings.

    Ah yes: same thing I’m on about.

  7. ‘their relationships are more likely to end’

    “Half of all marriages end in divorce. It could be worse, the other half end in death!” – GC

  8. Confused. Since when is having more chance to upgrade your other half a sign of unhappiness?

    If you’re not very good at choosing partners, and end up with a series of pretty idiots and fruitloops, fair enough, but that seems to be a whole ‘nuther problem.

  9. I knew a guy whose first wife had been an absolute stunner. He said it made him feel 10′ tall when he walked in to a room with her on his arm and all the men looked round and eyed him with obvious jealousy. After a while it turned in to distrust that his wife was being chatted up by all these men and that led to eventual divorce.

  10. As DJ says, success in Hollywood only comes with a personality disorder, so what were Harvard thinking? Perhaps it’s becoming an Ivy League City University. It certainly has in some disciplines.

  11. Let us not forget that ancient Abyssinian wisdom “The man who marries a pretty girl is like the man who grows his grapes by the roadside”.

  12. BiS – “Physically attractive people are immediately attractive. They don’t need to work on acquiring an attractive personality to compensate for physical failings”

    I often tell people I am not abrasive, rude and obnoxious. I am actually just really really ridiculously handsome.

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