Don’t expect kids to trust you if you’re ugly

Turns out kids make decisions about whether they’ll trust a person are largely based on how a person looks.

Unattractive people aren’t considered as trustworthy by children but good-looking people rate much higher according to a new study recently published in Frontiers in Psychology.

The study looked at a sample of children aged between eight, ten and twelve years old and recorded their reactions to being shown a series of 200 faces they hadn’t seen before.

Then the researchers asked the children to rate each face as trustworthy, untrustworthy or neither.

A follow-up was done on children a month later when each child was asked to view the same faces again, and were asked to rate each one for attractiveness.

The findings showed that across all three age groups faces which scored higher for attractiveness also scored higher for being trustworthy.

The study noted the correlation between attractiveness and trustworthiness was found to be strongest among the 12 year old group. This would suggest as children get older the relationship between trustworthiness and attractiveness judgements increased.

As well, according to the study’s data, girls are also better at making this trustworthiness judgement than boys.

The psychological phenomenon of rating attractive people as smarter, more sociable or successful has been proven by many studies.

Research in this area puts forward the notion that beautiful people earn three to four per cent earn more, get promotions more quickly and are higher ranking in their companies.

While prejudices towards the less attractive among us benefit the beautiful, if would be fair to say that judging a book by its cover isn’t necessarily the best strategy for anyone when it comes making important interpersonal decisions!


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