Study Finds Very Ugly People Actually Make More Money

In the past, you may have heard about studies that attractive people make more money than less good-looking people. But a new study says it may actually pay to be ugly.

A study published in the Journal of Business Psychology claims previous studies about looks and income may be wrong. The researchers interviewed subjects at age 16 and then three more times by age 29. During those interviews, they judged whether the person was "very unattractive" up to "very attractive." Then they looked at how much money the subjects made and compared it to their described looks.

While the researchers found the same general trend as in the past, that more attractive people made more money than less attractive ones, they found something else: Very unattractive people actually make more money than anyone else, including very attractive people. They found this was true for both men and women as well.

The previous hypothesis said that attractive people make more money than unattractive people because employers are more to their looks and will be more biased in their favor. Essentially, employers discriminate against unattractive people. But then why would very unattractive people make more money than attractive people?

The only hypothesis given has to do with openness to experience. More attractive people said they were more open to new experiences, where as very unattractive people were very low in that trait. It's possible that since they're not open to new experiences, very unattractive people dedicate themselves to their subject of expertise and become more skilled and proficient in it, making them more "attractive" employees than good-looking people who wasted some of their time experiencing new things instead of honing their skills.

But again, that was only for very unattractive people. If you're simply mildly unattractive, then you're still making less money than good-looking people.

(h/t Research Digest)


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