Showing a bit of creativity on your online dating profile could make you appear more attractive to potential dates, a new study suggests.
In the study, people were asked to rate the attractiveness of individuals in photos who were said to have written a short piece of creative writing to display their creativity.
The findings suggest that “creativity can enhance your attractiveness both as a potential date and as a potential social partner [or] same-sex friend,” said study author Christopher Watkins, a lecturer in psychology at Abertay University in Scotland.
But the attractiveness-boosting effects of creativity don’t work for everybody.
Rather, the findings also suggest the effects of creativity “tend to be stronger for people with average-looking faces than people with very good-looking faces,” Watkins [said].
In addition, in some cases, the men got a larger boost in their attractiveness from being creative than women did…Watkins also found, unexpectedly, that creativity made women with average-looking photos even less attractive, and didn’t boost the attractiveness of women who were already considered good-looking.
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