There are moments in your life when you and your friends just cannot agree on the hotness of a person. One friend, let’s call her Cheryl (ugh, Cheryl), has a huge crush on TV’s Mario Lopez (CHERYL!). Meanwhile another friend, let’s call her Carol (ugh, Carol is the worst), refuses to accept that anyone but Brad Pitt is hot. And there you are, sitting, taking the sizzle of Cheryl and Carol’s hot takes, while you daydream about how cute it’d be if Adrian Brody, Jason Schwartzman or American Idol’s Ruben Studdard brought you flowers sometime.
Thankfully, science has finally confirmed that beauty is, in fact, in the eye of the beholder. So, none of you are wrong to find beauty in any of those people, but Cheryl and Carol could totally use a chill pill, ’cause their thirst for celeb ‘D’ is very in-your-face and exhausting.
This news comes from a study out of Harvard titled Individual Aesthetic Preferences for Faces Are Shaped Mostly by Environments, Not Genes. While a mouthful to say, it’s actually pretty convincing.
The researchers studied 547 sets of identical twins, and 241 sets of fraternal twins. They were asked to rate 98 male faces and 102 female faces, with the hypothesis that identical twins would share the same preferences, while fraternal twins would have mixed interests.
However, the hypothesis was wrong. It turned out that it was a person’s environment and experiences that actually shaped personalized beauty standards. In fact, the study found that humans agree on what’s beautiful only 50 per cent of the time. And 78 per cent of the time, it was found that environment influenced who and what was seen as beautiful.
So, where you frequent, what you do, which media you read and which social media you use are all influencing your personalized view of beauty. And it won’t be the same as Carol’s (who has clearly worn out her Meet Joe Black DVD) or Cheryl’s (seriously Cheryl, it’s weird to pine after AC Slater), and that’s totally okay. It’s actually pretty natural.