Good looks confer real advantages in work and school, research says

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  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Provo, UT
    Jan. 18, 2014 8:05 a.m.

    Billy Bob,

    I'm not a liberal. But let's take a business man who gives advantages to employees he feels are attractive. Conservatives may do nothing about it. Liberals may enact a constitutionally-unfounded law to address it.

    I can't stand the second option, but conservatives might be just as responsible for not even trying to help improve the problem. Social problems have always and always be involved in government. I don't believe in a micromanaging government, but that doesn't mean we can't be an encouraging one. If conservatives don't pass laws to encourage and promote better behavior, then liberals will pass laws to try and force it.

    A parent likewise can't blame a child for retaliating if the parent didn't do everything in their power to encourage what's right in the first place. Neither should use force, but both are obligated to encourage.

    And ultimately, attractiveness still has affects on our society that it shouldn't.

    The real question isn't who you can find to blame; it's what you're going to do about it.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    Jan. 15, 2014 8:19 a.m.

    It's an important lesson not to judge a book by its cover, but when you sell books, you don't put lasers and spaceships on the cover of a wildlife documentary.

    As important as it is to look beyond a person's looks in assessing and understanding who they are, it is an equally and fortunate truth-though less mentioned-that one is largely not "doomed" by their appearance.

    I myself was not a terribly endearing teenager on the physical side of things. I realized this and decided to change that-I've largely succeeded. Greater hygeine, -much- greater exercize, a healthier diet, and practice and focus put into my articulation and self-presentation are things that have granted me more confidence in everything I do and satisfaction with myself as a person than almost everything else I've done, and I'm very grateful that I've been helped to realize and address issues like this, focusing on improving myself in all aspects-as a whole person-and not worrying too much on one trait or another.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Dec. 29, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    It keeps the orthodontists and bariatric surgeons busy.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 26, 2013 6:03 p.m.

    As perfectly obvious as all of the conclusions are from this "research", making it therefore pointless, I'm inclined to wonder if the people who procured the funds to make the study possible are themselves, "attractive".

  • Mike W Syracuse, UT
    Dec. 26, 2013 12:33 p.m.

    We needed research to tell us this? This was about as predictable as the sun rising in the East...

  • Billy Bob Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 26, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    So how long until the dirty liberals decide to try to make "ugly" a protected class?

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    Dec. 26, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    I suggest that the primary indicator of good looks in men is height. Also, I bet that many good-looking folks of both sexes are so judged because they have a beautiful smile. Happy people experience a distinct advantage, even if one ear is higher than another.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Dec. 26, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    So you're saying that attractiveness comes and goes but ugliness is forever?

    Or that: "I've been rich and I've been poor and rich is better?"

    This whole study deals with very temporary and shallow perceptions. Talking on the phone to a person you are told is the one pictured in your hand and then evaluating whether or not the caller is outgoing or quiet proves your theory regarding a person's ability to command a higher salary, graduate from college and achieve economic success in life based upon a perception of attractiveness? That reminds me of a former supervisor that said "Anyone that can't hire an attractive secretary probably can't do anything else right either." I didn't personally think he achieved his goal that well or that he was that competent in what he was doing....just my opinion.

    I guess you got me to read your article, but I am amused by it more than enlightened.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Dec. 26, 2013 6:20 a.m.

    My Top 10 words are; You, Me, Give, God, Love, Beauty, earth, Compassion, Gratitude and Justice. We have to our standards, What is expected what is accepted and what is unacceptable. Practice makes perfect.