Beautiful people are more likely to get divorced than those who are considered less attractive, Harvard study has found.
From Brad Pitt to Elizabeth Taylor, many of the most beautiful celebrities also boast rocky private lives. But is this due to their attractiveness, their celebrity, or something else? This study investigated the relationship between physical attractiveness and relationship longevity, for both celebs and normal folks. They found that “those rated as more attractive in high school yearbooks were married for shorter durations and more likely to divorce,” a result that also proved true for high-profile celebrities. The authors go on to associate this effect with the “derogation of attractive alternatives” – i.e., physically attractive people are more tempted by or vulnerable to “relationship threats” (other hot people) when they are dissatisfied with their current relationship.
Researchers at Harvard studied how appearance affects the stability and longevity of relationships and found those who are better looking have shorter relationships.
Women were asked to rate the attractiveness of more than 200 men in school leavers books from three decades ago.
The experts then pulled up data showing the men’s marriage and divorce history. The results showed the men who were ranked as more attractive had shorter marriages on average, the Times reported.
The trend was also found when people assessed the attractiveness of 130 celebrities – more beautiful famous people experienced a higher rate of divorce.
Professor Christine Ma-Kellams, the social psychologist leading the research project, launched more studies to discover whether the findings were linked to infidelity and if attractive people were more likely to cheat.
The team found good-looking people with committed partners still found other people attractive, while those considered less good-looking find other people less attractive once they are coupled up.
Professor Ma-Kellams said: “We should be more mindful of the limitations of our own valuation of physical attractiveness.
“Everyone wants it, but depending on your relationship goals it may not be the best predictor of long-lasting relationships.”