Great News For Regulars: There’s No Such Thing As “Out Of Your League” Says Study

There's a trick to landing the honey of your dreams. 

So you're telling me there's a chance.

The longer you know someone, the better of a chance you have with them—even if they are way better looking. 

That’s what a study on attraction conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University found when they asked 167 couples how long they had known each other before dating. They also independently assigned ratings of each individual’s physical attractiveness.

The answers were interesting. 

The tendency for people to date and marry others who have a similar characteristic or set of characteristics was very high. The longer a couple had known each other before dating (say childhood, or high school) the more likely there was to be an attractiveness discrepancy—meaning one person was considered to be way more attractive. 

“If you happen to be shooting for someone ‘out of your league’ (in terms of attractiveness, at least), you may be more likely to succeed if you get to know the person for a while rather than going for it immediately,” said lead author Lucy L. Hunt of UT’s Department of Human Development and Family Sciences. “However, it’s still a gamble: Getting to know someone over time can either improve that person’s impression of you or worsen it.”

She’s saying get that personality going for a better chance at your dream catch.

The lead researcher says she plans on doing more research on the topic, including meeting in person versus meeting online and what that can mean for your relationship. 

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