Sex & Culture

When the Friend Zone is the Place to be

When the Friend Zone is the Place to be

Have you ever looked at a couple and thought that one half was significantly more attractive than the other? You’re not alone. Romantic partners with differing attractiveness levels stand out. Why? Because most people select partners who are in roughly the same “league.” This stems from a general tendency for people to partner up based on similarity, a phenomenon social scientists have dubbed assortative mating. This preference for similarity is pervasive and extends to everything from our beliefs and values to our overall level of physical attractiveness. Seeing two people who are dissimilar in an obvious way is therefore a violation of our expectations. And when this happens, we’re often quick to judge. A recent study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships found that people were more prejudiced against couples in which the partners had dissimilar body types—specifically, when one partner weighed a lot more than the other—compared to those who were…

Playboy Social