But why would being good-looking make you bad at relationships? Well, previous studies had found that when we're committed to a partner, we see other people as less attractive. This is your brain's way of making sure you stick to your relationships. But the Harvard researchers believe that attractive people don't have this "protective bias." To demonstrate their theory, they asked 130 people to rate the sexiness of someone of the opposite gender. And what do you know, the prettier raters were more likely to have the hots for the people they were rating, but "only if they (themselves) were in a relationship." It's like nature is pushing them to go out and share their beautiful DNA with as many people as possible, eventual legal costs be damned.
Of course, none of this information is as surprising as the fact that Harvard apparently has a whole wing devoted to Tinder Studies.
The State You Live In Can Significantly Affect The Quality Of Your Romantic Relationships, Claims A Nationwide Study
Love sprouts anywhere there are at least two warm bodies of the same species, right? From the frigid Antarctic to the harsh daily sauna that is the Sahara Desert, people will always find ways to make whoopee. After all, it all comes down to a bunch of long-named chemicals. You'd think it wouldn't matter where you were; you're bound to find a willing participant in the dance of love.
Well, you'd be wrong, at least partially. It turns out that, at least in the United States, it actually does matter where you live. In a nationwide study conducted by Michigan State University, it was found that if you live in the frontier region, the Mid-Atlantic, or the Northeast, you are more likely to have attachment avoidance or attachment anxiety. Basically, this means that if you live in more mountainous regions, you're more likely to be of the loner variety, while living in or near cities makes you a bit clingier and probably paranoid that your bae will leave you for one of the many other possible baes in your area. So if you want to have a healthy relationship that's generally free of standoffish or clingy behavior, science says you're gonna fare best in Mississippi, Utah, or Wisconsin. In the study, those states were tied up for first place in a pleasant threesome of romantic satisfaction and health.